Scottish man almost crashes car after spotting Huntsman spider on his windscreen
A Scottish man was left petrified after spotting a Hunstman spider crawling inside of his car. Lindsay Vine, from Kirkcaldy, nearly veered his truck off of the road when he realised he was not alone on his Australian road trip. The 40-year-old had been driving a truck from Sydney to Sanctuary Point when he unwittingly picked up the eight-legged hitch hiker, and only noticed while on the road.
Tucked away behind the passenger sun visor, Lindsay continued to drive the truck along the road, but quickly pulled in when the spider disappeared from view. Speaking about the ordeal, he said: “I’ve told him, if he f****** moves one more time, I’ll crash and kill us both. “It was about an hour-and-a-half into my journey and it was dark.
“I was driving along the highway listening to some Cyndi Lauper and singing my heart out when all of a sudden, a shadowless entity appeared on the windscreen.
It was a bloody huge spider!” Considerably bigger than the house spiders of Scotland, Lindsay described the Huntsman as being around the size of his outstretched hand, reports the Record. However, after hoping not to harm the spider, he was able to seek help from an Australian man who carefully removed the imposter.
“I was petrified,” he said.
The spider was quite some size. (Image: Pen News)
“I froze. My heart stopped and I locked arms. Some ancestral instinct kicked in to preserve all life on board.
“I knew there were spiders in Australia and I knew from watching Octonauts on TV that wildlife – mostly – only attacks if it feels threatened or scared. “I just kept thinking of the ‘face hugger’ scene in the Alien movies and tried to formulate an instant action plan should that happen to me.” Mr Vine said: “I didn’t know if it had jumped on the passenger seat or dashboard, or even me.
“That’s when I panicked a little and threatened to crash the car and kill us both if it didn’t make itself known. “That’s also when little flies, mosquitoes or even air from the vents tickles your legs and you immediately think it’s the spider. “It was total torture for 20 minutes in the pitch dark.
“I kept scanning the inside cabin – I’m genuinely amazed I didn’t crash that night – until I saw the spider hiding behind the passenger visor.” At the petrol station, Lindsay had opened the passenger door with a single finger, hoping the spider would scuttle out, but it remained unmoved. “So I ran to a diner,” he said.
“That’s where I found a towering brute of a beautiful bearded man. My hairy hero!” The unidentified Aussie removed the spider from Lindsay’s car – and the Scot has now written a poem to thank him.
Huntsman spiders are notorious for their size and include among their number the largest spider in the world by leg span, the giant huntsman. Although they do have a venomous bite which can cause some nasty side effects such as headaches and vomitting, they aren’t usually fatally harmful to people. Mr Vine, who moved to Australia to be with his wife, said: “I did know that, generally speaking, the bigger the spider in Australia, the less likely it is to murder you.
“It’s the small ones you have to be worried about. “But, coming from Scotland – where spiders are tiny – I didn’t want to risk being suffocated or stabbed by this one.” He added: “I think I was very brave actually… my family disagree.”
As for what tempted the spider into the car, it’s anybody’s guess. Lindsay said: “Perhaps he saw me in Sydney and worked out I’d be an easy victim. Perhaps he just needed a lift.
“Perhaps he just opened the door and walked in when I was loading the back of the car.
They are big enough to do that!”
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