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Couple's drive blocked by 20 tonnes of fish

Joel Linde · 3 Nov 2011, 15:32

Published: 03 Nov 2011 15:32 GMT+01:00

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And it wasn't the first time, either.

“Another time a Bulgarian truck got stuck here," house-owner Hans Rubinstein told The Local.

The Romanian driver, working for a Spanish trucking company, told Rubinstein that he came from Norway and was heading to Gothenburg.

"It all went a bit crazy," said the man, who spoke very little English, to local paper Bohusläningen.

He was driving by GPS, he explained, and that’s what led him into the one-way gravel strip.

“They follow their GPS, but that isn’t always accurate. You need to think as well. Is it reasonable that this gravel road is the way to Gothenburg?” Rubenstein told The Local.

Although technology is great, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket, Hans Rubenstein argued.

Because of the unexpected visitor, he found himself listening to the humming noise of the truck’s chillers, necessary to keep the fish cold, throughout the night.

He was worried the truck was never going to get towed.

However, Rubenstein also knows that the truckers can't solely be blamed.

“Nowadays, trucking companies aren’t interested in quality and safety for their drivers. It’s all about making it as cheap as possible, so these people are driving under very tough conditions,” said Rubenstein, who has been in the transportation business himself.

And since comprehensive road works started in mid October on the main freeway in the area, Rubenstein feels it is the private citizens are getting stuck in the middle.

“They [the truckers] don’t have a lot of money, and bad insurance policies with no roadside assistance,” he said.

Because of this he has had to pay for the damages to his driveway himself in the past, even after speaking to the company’s administration.

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“They said I should take the money from the driver, but all he had to live off of was 150 Euro ($200) so I couldn’t take that from him,” he said.

“I got 50 Euro, and the company told me they’d send the rest, but they never did.”

However, on Thursday the truck finally got towed, and Rubenstein later managed to get hold of the driver's company and will be reimbursed for the damages the truck did to his property.

He has also been promised by authorities to get help putting up a sign which might keep the next driver from turning into his driveway.

Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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15:43 November 3, 2011 by RobinHood
Call Charlottenberg Zoo and ask for the surplus crocodile department.
15:49 November 3, 2011 by Opinionfool
"They follow their GPS, but that isn't always accurate."

Ah yes, because of course by using a GPS the driver no longer needs to think. Near to me the local traffic administration have erected a sign saying "dirt track". So many drivers relied upon their GPS and its directions that they went down this track only to find themselves stuck in mud. Sadly no pictures of the events with which to embarrass the drivers (both commercial and private).

Maybe the solution is to issue massive fines for the GPS manufacturers whenever these stupid drivers get stuck. And to add demerit points to the drivers' licences for not paying attention at the wheel.
15:54 November 3, 2011 by dannydanny
"all he had to live off of was 150 Euro":(((((
17:45 November 3, 2011 by muscle
nice truck. :)
17:51 November 3, 2011 by skogsbo
so basically, truck got lost, got stuck, made a mess, owner got cash back for damage in the end, but no free fish. Was a drive / GPS error.

Meanwhile Greece is the brink of becoming a 3rd world nation, funny what makes the news and the US wants to go to war with Iran over 4 nukes.
18:33 November 3, 2011 by Opinionfool
Greece, yes we know that's in a state. The US and Iran, yes we know they could be about to go thermo-nuclear with each other. But those are all too too depressing. Don't you know that when the dolphins left the earth (in The Hitchiker's Guide) they sang "Thanks for all the fish."
18:47 November 3, 2011 by Englishted
"He has also been promised by authorities to get help putting up a sign which might keep the next driver from turning into his driveway"

Wow that will be a massive sign almost a tourist attraction ,how many east European languages are there ? and how many of the drivers can read ?
20:20 November 3, 2011 by Atlas
This reminds me some years ago, a driver in Germany had his car fallen on a ditch, because the GPS map told him that was the exit...Never mind the fact that an exit on a highway is hundreds of meters long, with big signs posted at least 500 m before the exit comes in the view, and a separate slowing lane among visible other signs. He just did it, because on the map it showed a left exit immediately.

Talk about blind faith in GPS maps.
23:57 November 3, 2011 by Micardo
Swedens news in English....... No freeways in England............. Swedens news written in English by an American who thinks they speak English.........
01:37 November 4, 2011 by Keith #5083
You can all joke, but it's not so funny when these big trucks go to our nearby fish farm which is not Swedish owned, sends it's fish to Japan, and pollutes our lake with the equivalent of the pollution from 3,500 people's untreated sewage.A pollution scenario no-one seems to know any rules to stop.

See if you can get a kommune to put a sign up about that, banning trucks from very narrow country lanes made of gravel to service profits for non-swedish shareholders!
11:19 November 4, 2011 by Åskar
Firstly it's not a truck, it's a lorry. Secondly eff all idiots who switch off their brains and rely blindly on a GPS.
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