DENVER – Technology isn’t always foolproof, as about 100 Colorado drivers learned when Google Maps offered them a supposedly quick way out of a traffic jam.
A crash on Peña Boulevard, a road leading to Denver International Airport, prompted the app to take drivers on a detour on Sunday.
The alternate route took drivers down a dirt road that rain had turned into a muddy mess, and cars started sliding around.
Connie Monsees was on her way to pick up her husband at the airport when she encountered the wreck on Peña Boulevard.
“I thought ‘maybe there’s a detour’ and pulled it up on Google Maps, and it gave me a a detour that was half the time,” she said.
“There were a bunch of other cars going down [the dirt road] too, so I said, ‘I guess it’s OK.’
Luckily, Monsees’ car has all-wheel drive, and she was able to get through the sticky situation.