9 Craziest GPS Stories
1Woman Blames GPS after Driving Her Car into a Sand Trap
Northbridge Police Officer Randy Lloyd wrote in his report that her GPS had told her to turn left. She stated that this left brought her into a "cornfield" and once she was in the "cornfield" she kept driving, trying to get out of her "cornfield." Life is tough sometimes.
2GPS Strands Motorist on Mountain
"I was lost and I kept hoping that each little turn would get me back to the main road. In the end it told me to turn around but of course I couldn't by then," the driver told police. A fire brigade spokesman explained, "He claims he didn't see any footpath signs but he must have been a pretty fair driver to get that far up a glorified goat track."
3Three Women Escape after GPS System in Rented Mercedes SUV Drives Them into Lake
The driver thought she was on a road while following her GPS unit just after midnight, but she was actually heading down the boat launch. The road was dark and the driver crashed the SUV into the water in Mercer Slough Nature Park. One of the women immediately jumped to safety. The other two women tried to stay with the SUV as long as they could by standing on the side door frames, but they finally had to wade to safety when the vehicle kept drifting out farther into the slough. All three women made it out safely, but the SUV was completely under water. They were in town for a conference and were trying to get to a hotel in Bellevue.
4Woman's Mercedes Was Swept Away in Swollen River after Following GPS Instructions
Although the track is signposted as "unsuitable for motor vehicles," the driver carried on and found herself at a ford in the village of Sheepy Magna. Still accepting what the satnav told her, she set out to cross the ford, but it was swollen after days of heavy rain. The Mercedes SL500 was swept 600 yards downstream, bouncing from one bank of the River Sense to the other as the woman, in her late 20s and from London, frantically tried to escape.
She was finally rescued by villager Alice Clark when the car ran aground.
5Japanese Tourists Drive Straight into the Pacific Thanks to His GPS
As the three drove their rented Hyundai Getz into Moreton Bay, they found the GPS device guiding them from a gravel road into thick mud. They tried to get back to solid ground, but as the tide rose they were forced to abandon their car. Passengers on passing ferries watched in amazement.
Noda and her friends made it about 50 yards offshore before they realized they were stranded. A tow truck driver eventually gave them a lift back to the mainland. The students decided not to have the car repaired because of the damage. The car was insured, though Noda will still have to pay about $1,500 for what was not covered.
6Driver Runs Onto a Train Track Paralyzing the Trains Thanks to His GPS
7Burglars Caught By Their GPS
Bansie used his work van to drop off Warrington outside each home they burgled, a court was told. A check of the van's sat nav gave a precise record of their movements.
The men, both from Kilburn, North London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burglary.
8British Pensioner Drives into Church in Germany "Because Satnav Told Him To"
"They were confused and didn't notice that the navigation system was faulty," a police spokeswoman said. The 76-year-old driver then plowed into the side of the village church, virtually writing off the car, knocking a picture off the wall and damaging the building's foundations. Total damages were some 25,000 euros, police in the nearby town of Immenstadt said.
The couple, who were traveling to France, spent the evening in the hospital recuperating from minor injuries.
9GPS Leaves Pizza Delivery Driver Stranded on Railroad Tracks as Train Approaches
“I don't think he'll be using his GPS anymore,” said Roger Lijewski, owner of Roger's Towing. He picked up what little was left of the car after the wreck.
The 23-year-old was listening to his GPS and trying to turn from Cleveland Ave. on to Elgin St. The driver told police the GPS said to turn after he passed the road and he ended up on the train tracks.
Not long after his car got stuck on the tracks, the Amtrak train came barreling down the line. He grabbed the pizzas he was delivering and got out before impact. Neither the driver nor the passengers on the train were injured.
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