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Drivers with smart phones these days are often not completely lost, thanks to navigation services like Google Maps. But what happened in Colorado is a reminder that even with new technology, some shortcuts can still go very wrong.
This is how nearly 100 drivers hit a muddy field, gridlocked earlier this week. One of them, Connie Monsees, described the incident to ABC News & # 39; Start Here podcast.
Monsees said she was stuck in traffic on her way to pick up her husband at the Denver International Airport.
"So I went out of My Google Maps to see if there is a better way to go, and it said I was going to take the next exit and that would be about half the time," said Monsees. But the road quickly becomes a dirt road.
"I follow this line of cars, and my thought was," Well, there are so many other people walking, it must be OK, "Monsees said to ABC. "So I went ahead … but the thing was, it wasn't like you could choose to make a U-turn."
Days of rain had created a "muddy mess in a field", she added. Car after car ran in and was stuck.
Monsees had four-wheel drive, so she could eventually get out of the mud. She even picked up two other stranded people and took them with her. But others got stuck in the muck anymore.
She tells broadcasters that she is not sorry for Google. "I don't know there is so much about Google, it's about us – that we want it so strong for life to be effective that we try to take shortcuts that aren't really necessary."
Google did not immediately respond to NPR's request for comment. In a statement to CNN, it said: "We take many factors into consideration when determining road routes, including the size of the road and the route's directness … While always working to provide the best directions, problems may arise due to unforeseen circumstances. as the weather
The company added that it encourages "all drivers to follow local laws, be attentive and use their best judgment while driving."