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17 Jun 2011

Woman drives into marsh on GPS advice

A driver has highlighted humanity's growing dependence on technology when she drove her rental car into a US marsh while following directions from her GPS.

The Mexican woman's road journey came a cropper while driving to her hotel in Bellevue, in Washington state, where she was attending a conference.

The driver and her two female passengers were returning to the hotel from dinner in the Mercedes rental when they became lost and tried to use the Hertz-provided GPS.

The woman told police she was following the satellite navigator's instructions but must have made a wrong turn just after midnight on Wednesday.

One woman exited the Mercedes as soon as it entered the water while the other two tried to stay with the car as long as they could, climbing onto the side door frames.

But they eventually abandoned the vehicle as it drifted out towards the centre of the marsh.

A local fire official said the women were trying to reroute their path when they came upon a boat ramp near the entrance to a highway, and apparently kept driving into the water.

"I don't know why they wouldn't question driving into a puddle that doesn't seem to end," the official told US network ABC News .

"In sitcoms they parody something like this. To actually see it is surprising".

No one was injured in the incident but the costly Mercedes four-wheel drive could be destined for the scrap heap.


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