Utah teen crashes car while attempting 'Bird Box' challenge

A teenager in Utah crashed her vehicle into another car after attempting the “Bird Box” challenge of driving with her eyes closed, local police said Friday.

The Layton Police Department posted pictures of the damaged vehicles on Twitter on Friday morning, calling it a “predictable result” from attempting the challenge.


“She just drifted into the westbound lanes and then kind of overcorrected and hit that car and spun and hit a light pole,” Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman told the St. George News.

No injuries were reported in the crash.


“Honestly I’m almost embarrassed to have to say ‘Don’t drive with your eyes covered’ but you know apparently we do have to say that,” Lyman told local NBC News affiliate, KSTU.

“The stakes are just so high and it’s just such a potentially dangerous thing as it is: to try and do it in that way is inexcusable. It really puts everybody at risk,” he said.

The 16-year-old girl reportedly used a hat as a blindfold for the attempt.

The "Bird Box" challenge gained viral popularity since the release of Netflix’s feature film of the same name.

The film portrays a post-apocalyptic world in which all humans have to wear blindfolds to avoid a force that possesses people and makes them kill themselves if they make eye contact. The people in the film are forced to rely on their other senses to move through the world. 

Last week, Netflix warned the public against doing any challenges blindfolded after social media was abuzz with videos of people attempting daily tasks without sight, including using elevators, walking in public spaces and even driving.