Thursday, May 8, 2014

Press: Another Major GPS Fail in Idaho

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The list of GPS fails are endless. And the latest entry includes a truck driver from Ontario, Ore., who said his GPS directed him down a North Idaho road with no way to turn around. Ultimately, his semi-truck rolled off Beauty Creek Road outside of Coeur d'Alene.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Demetrio Rayo was hauling 25 tons of sand toward a golf course, where he was expected to dump the sand for use in the club's sand traps. But his GPS pointed him down a Forest Service road where his trailer tipped to the side and began to roll, spilling all of the sand off the side of the road. It turns out that Beauty Creek Road, the scene of the accident, is barely wide enough for a single car. Additionally, portions of the road have been entirely washed out into a nearby creek.

"When it went over, the frame just started twisting, and then the windshield started popping out of its frame," Rayo told the Press. "I was hanging onto the stressing wheel, thinking, 'man, this thing is going to go over.' Luckily it stopped before that happened."

Rayo said his truck was totaled and he'll be flying home.

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