GPS navigator directs Norwegian onto rail tracks

A Norwegian driver steered his car onto a railway embankment outside Vänersborg in western Sweden on Friday after the voice in his GPS told him to turn.

But as there was no turn in sight, it could be argued that the driver might have been better advised to keep his eyes on the road.

“It was a Norwegian GPS, but there have been several of these kinds of accidents where drivers have trusted their GPS more than the road,” said police spokesman Stefan Gustafsson.

In the driver’s defence, it should be noted that conditions were exceedingly tricky after more than 10 centimetres of snow had fallen on the road. The accident also happened on a curve.

The driver and his passenger quickly alerted emergency services. All rail traffic in the area was temporarily stopped until help arrived and the Norwegian car could be towed away from the tracks.