“It is a shortcut it said. It will take you much less time it said.” Dozens of vehicles got stuck in a ‘muddy mess’ of a road after Google Maps directed them to what it said was a shortcut to the Denver International Airport.
Connie Monsees, a Highlands Ranch native, took to her Google maps app for a shorter route to the airport in order to avoid the traffic jam on Pena Boulevard on Sunday. But she soon found herself on the muddy off-road.
Monsees explained ABC News: ‘It eventually took me to a road that…became dirt. I was not the only one, there was probably a hundred cars out there.’
Monsees further explained that the alternative route, Google showed was ‘a muddy mess of a field’ because of the rain. She said that all the cars were getting stuck as they tried to move.
Luckily, Monsees had all-wheel drive and she was able to maneuver around the slippery road.
She told: ‘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.’
Monsees quickly got the two people to the airport.
She said: ‘We made it out and they both made their flights. It was just incredible though.’
A ride that would have taken Monsees an hour and a half took three and a half but she doesn’t blame Google.
She said, ‘They, 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.’
A Google spokesperson said, ‘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.’
Source – Daily Mail