Police say a cicada is answerable for a automobile accident in Ohio: NPR

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Cincinnati police say a cicada was responsible for causing a driver to hit his car against a pole.

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Cincinnati police said a cicada was responsible for a car accident in the city’s east end on Monday night. While the driver suffered only minor injuries, the cicada was less fortunate and was found dead on the floor of the car.

The cicada flew through an open window and hit the driver’s face, causing it to hit a power pole and totally wreck the car, according to a tweet from the Cincinnati police.

Flocks of Brood-X cicadas have emerged across much of the eastern United States and are awakening from their 17-year-old underground slumber to mate. Although cicadas have one of the longest lifespans of any insect, they die shortly after mating, and Brood X adults are expected to be gone by the next cycle by the end of July.

The department’s social media director, Sgt. Eric Franz, told NPR this was the first major cicada-related incident in the area this cycle. Police have advised residents to keep their car windows closed to avoid similar accidents.

Josie Fischels is an intern at the NPR News Desk.

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