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GPS makes woman take 1,500-km detour

world Updated: Jan 17, 2013 00:18 IST
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A GPS error made a Belgian woman drive through six countries for almost 1,500 kilometres, before she noticed the malfunctioning car navigation system.

Sabine Moreau, 67, a resident of Solre-sur-Sambre, Belgium, left her home to pick up a friend from the train station at Brussels, 61 km away from her house.

However, she made a wrong turn, and due to her malfunctioning navigation system, she found herself in Zagreb, Croatia, 1,500 km away from where she started, reports

The incident came to light when the woman’s son reported her missing to the police, who then organised a manhunt.

The search was called off when Moreau called her son from Croatia.

According to Moreau, she did not notice anything wrong, even after numerous stopovers and after passing street signs in different languages, until, 60 hours later, she realised that she may have passed Belgium.

Reports say that Moreau may have driven through France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia, before reaching Croatia.

“I saw all kinds of traffic signs. First in French, then in German — Cologne, Aachen, Frankfurt,” she told a Belgian news website.

“But I didn’t ask myself any questions. I was just distracted, so I kept my foot down. I didn’t really notice anything was wrong until I suddenly arrived in Zagreb and realised that I was no longer in Belgium.”

Her worried son reported her missing to police. A manhunt was called off when she phoned home to tell him she was in Croatia.

A police spokesman said it was “an incredible story” and said the woman did nothing wrong.