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

Sky News logo Sky News 12/01/2019

a car parked in a parking lot: Police shared pictures of the cars after the crash in Utah © N/A Police shared pictures of the cars after the crash in Utah A teenage driver has crashed into another car after pulling her hat over her eyes as part of the so-called "Bird Box Challenge".

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.

a person holding a baby: In Bird Box, the characters have to stay blindfolded © Rex Features In Bird Box, the characters have to stay blindfolded 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.

Watch: Bird Box trailer [The Independent]

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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.

a car parked in a parking lot: The police called the crash 'predictable' © N/A The police called the crash 'predictable'
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