DENVER – Technology is not always foolproof, as if 100 Colorado drivers learned when Google Maps offered them a probably fast way out of traffic jams.
A collision on Peña Boulevard, a road leading to the Denver International Airport, asked the app to take the drivers on a Sunday detour.
But it was too good to be true.
The alternative route took the drivers down a dirt road that the rain had become a muddy mess, and the cars began to slide around
Some vehicles could not make it through clay, and about 100 others were trapped behind them.
Connie Monsees was on her way to pick up her husband at the airport when she discovered the wreck at Peña Boulevard.
"I thought maybe it's a detour" and drew it up on Google Maps, and it gave me a detour that was half the time, "she said." It was 43 minutes in the first place and it was 23 in the place – so I took the exit and drove where they told me. "
" There were a number of other cars that went down [the dirt road] too, so I said "I guess that's fine." That was not good. "
Fortunately, Monsees's car drive, and she was able to get through the sticky situation, even gave two people a ride to the airport and they were able to catch their flights.
"I tore up the passenger wheel well," said Monsees, adding that others were much worse.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.