DENVER — What do you do when you’re stuck in traffic and you’ve got a flight to catch?
Take a detour, as Google Maps would tell you, assuming of course the app actually knew what it was talking about.
About 100 Colorado drivers put their faith in Google Maps while being stuck in traffic en route to Denver International airport. A crash on Peña Boulevard, a road leading to the airport, held up drivers for close to an hour, said Connie Monsees, who spoke with CNN.
“I thought ‘maybe there’s a detour’ and pulled it up on Google Maps, and it gave me a detour that was half the time,” she said. “It was 43 minutes initially and it was going to be 23 instead. So I took the exit and drove where they told me too.”
Others had the same idea, and so the Great Detour Adventure soon began. Only it wasn’t so much an adventure as it was a muddy mess – Google Maps’ detour took everyone down a dirt road, which due to recent rains looked more like an empty muddy field.
While Connie and other drivers made it through alright (thank you all-wheel drive), others got stuck in the mud, causing the cars behind them to be trapped along the road.
In a company statement, Google said it takes many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route. “While we always work to provide the best directions, issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather. We encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive and use their best judgment while driving.”
It’s not clear how many drivers ended up missing their flight. But at least those who did had a great view of planes flying overhead from the dirt road below.