Google Maps detour leaves nearly 100 drivers stuck in muddy field

 

Google Maps detour leaves nearly 100 drivers stuck in muddy field

The detour drove drivers down a muddy, slippery road caused by recent rainfall.

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Published: Fri 28 Jun 2019, 2:30 PM

Last updated: Fri 28 Jun 2019, 4:39 PM

It turned out to be a mass stuck up when about 100 drivers in Colorado followed Google Maps suggestion for a detour and ended up in an empty field.
According to reports in CNN, a crash on Peña Boulevard, a road leading to Denver International Airport on Sunday, prompted drivers to take an alternate route. The detour drove drivers down a muddy, slippery road caused by recent rainfall. Several cars began to slide down the muddy road. 
Some vehicles got stuck which caused about 100 other vehicles to became trapped behind them.
One driver, Connie Monsees, who was on her way to pick up her husband at the airport, said, "I thought 'maybe there's a detour' and pulled it up on Google Maps, and it gave me a detour that was half the time." 
Monsees added, "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 OK.' It was not OK."
Following the incident, Google said the road was not marked as private.
"We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route. We encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive, and use their best judgment while driving," Google Maps said in a statement.


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