CINCINNATI (WJW)– The Cincinnati Police Department is warning drivers to keep their windows rolled up.
A man was driving on Riverside Drive Monday evening when he went through a swarm of cicadas. Police said one of the insects flew into the car, hit the driver in the face and temporarily stunned him. He crashed into a utility pole.
He was wearing a seatbelt and did not suffer serious injuries. Police said his car is likely totaled.
“Remember to keep your windows rolled up until our little red-eyed friends are gone,” the police department said.
The Brood X cicadas awaken every 17 years. They are centered around Pennsylvania northern Virginia, Indiana and eastern Tennessee. They don’t sting or bite, and are not toxic to pets in a small amount.