Dozens Of Drivers Get Stuck In Mud After Google Maps Disaster
Drivers travelling to Denver Airport end up in a sticky situation, after a Google Maps fail took them into a muddy field.
About 100 cars had followed the apps' instructions to detour a crash on Peña Boulevard in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, thinking they were taking a shortcut.
Only the 'shortcut' took the cars through a field on a dirt road, and it soon became a mud pit given the unprecedented traffic levels.
Photos captured by Connie Monsees show the queue of cars that had become bogged in the mud.
"I thought 'maybe there's a detour' and pulled it up on Google Maps, and it gave me a a detour that was half the time," Monsees told CCN.
"It was 43 minutes initially, and it was going to be 23 instead -- so I took the exit and drove where they told me to.
"There were a bunch of other cars going down [the dirt road] too, so I said, 'I guess it's okay.' It was not okay."
Monsees was able to escape the mud because her car has all-wheel drive, but it is not known how the other cars made it out.
Google said the road had been used as a detour because it was not marked as a private road.
"We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route," the company said in a statement.
"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 judgment while driving."
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