14 May 2007

Satelite navigation fools drivers


A 20-year-old student's car was wrecked by a train after she followed her sat nav system onto a railway track.
Paula Ceely, was driving her Renault Clio from Redditch, Worcestershire, to see her boyfriend at his parents' home in Carmarthenshire for the first time.
She was trying to cross the line in the dark when she heard a train horn, realised she was on the track, and the train smashed into the car.
Transport police said drivers must take care with satellite navigation.
The car was carried about half a mile (800m) down the line by the Pembroke Dock to Swansea train, although Ms Ceely escaped injury in the incident near Whitland.
A second-year student at Birmingham University, she had borrowed the sat nav from her boyfriend, Tom Finucane, 21.
"I put my complete trust in the sat nav and it led me right into the path of a speeding train," she said.

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