DOPEY drivers rushing to the airport blindly followed a Google Maps “shortcut” that took them to a muddy field where “a hundred” cars were stranded.
A crash on the main route to Denver International Airport on Sunday led to huge tailbacks on the Pena Boulevard highway.
Desperate drivers were left stranded in a muddy field after taking a Google Maps shortcut to beat traffic on the way to Denver International Airport on Sunday[/caption]
About a hundred cars were left stuck on a remote muddy track after blindly following a Google Maps detour[/caption]
So panicked motorists turned to their smartphones for a detour to try to might make their flights on time.
But they were directed to a remote dirt track that soon led them to a mud-caked field – which was impassable for many due to recent heavy rain.
Connie Monsees, a driver who was among dozens fooled by the map blunder, guessed there were as many as 100 cars stuck in the mud.
She told ABC News that her app “eventually took me to a road that… became dirt.”
Mrs Monsees added: “I was not the only one, there was probably a hundred cars out there.”
Luckily, her 4×4 was able to lumber across the difficult terrain – which she described as a “muddy mess of a field.”
And she was able to help desperate commuters by offering them lifts to the airport.
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Mrs Monsees recalled: “This man walked by my car and said, ‘Are you going to the airport?’ And I said, ‘I am’.
“He got in the car with me because the car he was in was not going to make it.”
She also picked up an Uber passenger who was desperate to make it to the airport on time.
“We made it out and they both made their flights”, she added. “It was just incredible though.”
I think as a society we… are too wrapped up in trying to just do things quick
The so-called “shortcut” ended up taking three and a half hours to navigate.
But Mrs Monsees doesn’t blame Google – and instead feels that drivers are too quick to blindly follow their phones.
She said: “[Google], as far as they knew, they took us to a good spot.
“But I think as a society we… are too wrapped up in trying to just do things quick.”
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A Google spokesperson said: “We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route.
“While we always work to provide the best directions, issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather.
“We encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive, and use their best judgement while driving.”
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