'Bird Box Challenge': Teen crashes after driving car blindfolded

Saturday 12th January 2019 09:16 GMT

The 17-year-old was (unsuccessfully) trying to emulate characters from Bird Box, a Sandra Bullock movie where characters are forced to blindfold themselves to escape an apocalypse caused by supernatural beings.

Characters who look at the film's villains are driven mad and eventually kill themselves after suffering visions that urge them to die.

The unlikely craze saw Netflix warn the public not to copy the characters and embark on the challenge.

Nonetheless, countless videos of people trying to do things while blindfolded have been circulated online - with some reckless motorists covering their eyes while behind the wheel.

Police in Utah, where the crash happened, said the result was "predictable" - with the teenager drifting into oncoming traffic and hitting another car.

Lt Travis Lyman, the chief of Layton Police, said "luckily" there were no injuries - but added that he never thought he would have to warn the public not to drive while blindfolded.

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