‘Bird Box challenge’ craze: Blindfolded US teen crashes vehicle into oncoming traffic

12 January, 2019, 11:48 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Driver who crashed while blindfolded was participating in ‘Bird Box Challenge’

A driver in Layton, Utah, crashed her auto while wearing a blindfold - a stunt inspired by the Netflix movie "Bird Box".

That's the assessment from the Layton City Police Department, which posted photos of a car-truck collision in which one driver, a 17-year-old girl, was "blindfolded" by a knit cap she had pulled down over her eyes.

The "Bird Box Challenge" takes its name from a recent Netflix movie "Bird Box", in which the characters must remain blindfolded.

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

No one was injured in Monday's crash but authorities didn't discover the reason of the accident until Friday. One woman almost burned herself on a heater, a boy repeatedly crashed into furniture with his tricycle, and a blindfolded toddler slammed into a wall.

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Lyman's disbelief echoes Netflix's own warning earlier this month after the "challenge" started going viral, which cautioned fans not to hurt themselves while reenacting the meme. They reportedly called out the Bird Box Challenge specifically.

The movie promotion involved blindfolds and video games, but no unsafe real-world stunts.

Lieutenant Travis Lyman, a spokesperson for the department, told Gizmodo that a 17-year-old girl tried her luck with the meme on Monday and ended up crashing into another vehicle.

The challenge has seen people being filmed doing a variety of every day things blindfolded, including walking into walls and down streets. But others might not be so lucky with such a unsafe stunt.

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