This actually happened. I know because my friend Jim came upon this situation on his way home from work one day. He took this photo and it was used in the local paper story and it appeared on the Boston TV news coverage also. I was glad to see that everybody gave him credit. He emailed me the link to the newspaper article so it qualified as an "email joke."

Photo courtesy Jim Blakey of Hingham

No serious injuries were reported after two cars collided on Route 3A in Weymouth Thursday evening. The driver of the first car was waiting to turn left when the second car hit from behind.

Police: Spider on the dashboard causes driver to plow into car

The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 18, 2009 @ 07:13 AM
Last update Sep 18, 2009 @ 07:17 AM

WEYMOUTH — A woman told police she was distracted by a spider on her dashboard and looked away just before driving into the back of a car stopped at Bridge Street and Princeton Avenue at 6:24 p.m. Thursday.

Amber Leigh Buckner, 26, was cited for following too closely and driving an unregistered vehicle. She and a passenger in her car, Steven McDonald, 25, of Weymouth, were taken to South Shore Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the first car, Danielle Evju, 27, of Weymouth, was not injured.