Sat navs lead drivers down Teruel steps

LAST UPDATED: 7 Jun, 2013 @ 16:28
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Sat navs lead drivers down Teruel steps

AT least five drivers have been left red-faced after hurtling down steps on a pedestrian-only street in eastern Spain.

The confused motorists ended up on the cobbled staircase in the Aragonese town of Teruel having followed erroneous instructions on their sat navs.

In the most recent incident an estate car had to be rescued by a crane after the driver blindly followed his GPS system down the narrow side street.

At least four other motorists have made the same mistake and found themselves in similar sticky situations.

Calle Hartzenbuch – named after a 19th century Spanish playwright – is little more than an alley with steps at the end and has never been open to motorised traffic.

“I can’t understand why someone would try to drive down there,” one resident said. “It’s obvious from the top of the street that it is a staircase.”

Teruel city council has said it will install bollards at the top of the staircase to deter motorists from attempting to drive down the street.

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