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Death by satnav PDF
Thursday, 07 October 2010 00:00

I spotted this article on the Guardian website by Giles Tremlett, their Madrid correspondent:


GPS directs driver to death in Spain's largest reservoir

Satnav sends man down road that ends in La Serena, the biggest reservoir in the country

Monday 4 October 2010 12.44 BST

It is perhaps the secret fear of all users of GPS systems: what if the device gets it wrong and leads you into da nger?

The Spanish Red Cross said today this was exactly what happened to a 37-year-old man who died last Saturday night after driving his car into a reservoir near the western town of Capilla.

"It seems the GPS system pointed them on to an old road that ends in the reservoir, and that in the dark they were unable to brake in time, with the car taking just a couple of minutes to sink," the Red Cross said in a statement.

The victim and a single passenger were driving home towards the southern city of Seville after working at a street fair when the Peugeot 306 ploughed straight into the waters of La Serena reservoir.

Although both men managed to get out of the car, only one made it to the shore. Red Cross divers found the body of the unnamed driver at the bottom of the reservoir on Sunday morning.

The passenger was treated for bruising and light injuries.

Pictures of the scene show the old road running on a slight downhill slope straight into the reservoir, which is the biggest in the country.

There was no explanation of why the GPS still showed the road as usable. La Serena reservoir, which stores water from the Zújar river, was built in 1989.

© Giles Tremlett

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Tags:, Guardian, Giles Tremlett, satnav, gps, Spanish Red Cross, Capilla, La Serena reservoir, Zújar



Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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