PHOTO: Brood X Cicadas Cause Car Accident in Ohio

by Halle Ames
(Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images)

Cicadas are back and more plentiful than ever. However, it only took one to scare this Ohio driver right into a pole.

We get it. Bugs are scary sometimes, especially when you aren’t expecting them as passengers in your car. But with this year’s massive 17-year brood x cicada swarm, you may want to become better acquainted with the idea as millions, if not billions, will be emerging from the ground in the coming months.

Well, this Ohio driver isn’t having any of it. According to the Cincinnati Police Department, it took just one of these flying pests to involve a driver in a single-car crash earlier this week. The cicada flew through the driver’s window and straight into their face.

You know, this story is slowly becoming more understandable. I would have probably jumped straight out of the car.

Well, the bug was frightening enough to have the driver jerked the steering wheel and veer the car off the road. Then, they proceeded to crash the vehicle into a nearby pole.

PowerNation TV reports that the driver sustained only minor injuries. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the car or the cicada. The poor Chevy was destroyed and totaled. Furthermore, officials also located the corpse of the bug on the floor mat of the vehicle. So, it looks as though this situation had two unfortunate casualties.

In addition, police advise divers to either remain calm or roll up their windows to avoid a situation as such. However, be prepared as the problem will get much worse before it gets better, but on the upside, the Brood X cicadas are expected to be mostly gone by the end of July.

Only a month and a half to go…

Cicadas Anyone?

Furthermore, if you are looking for something to do with all of the flying insects, consider eating them. I personally will not be, but you can. No judgment here.

Outsider has some scrumptious (within reason) recipes for how to cook the crunchy little creepy crawlers.

Well, like just about anything, if you deep fry it or cover it in chocolate, it probably won’t be the worst thing in the world. I mean, it’s no perfectly seared Angus steak or a creamy chocolate milkshake, but, you know, it’s something.

Not only are cicadas tasty (highly debated), but they are also nutritious. So skip the chicken or other protein and grab your butterfly net and go outside. Easy and free dinner!

However, we have an interesting disclaimer, if you are allergic to shellfish, don’t eat any of Brood X, no matter how delicious they might look. Their shell is basically the same as shellfish.

For recipes on Spicy Popcorn Cicadas or The Spice Mix gags you can find those detailed recipes here. Happy crunching!