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Phuket: ‘Wonky’ sat-nav sends Brussels-bound driver to Croatia

WEIRD WORLD: A Belgian woman ended up driving across Europe after mistakenly following directions from her satellite navigation system.


Tom Metcalfe

Tuesday 22 January 2013, 10:34AM


Phuket: ‘Wonky’ sat-nav sends Brussels-bound driver to Croatia

The Het Nieuwsblad newspaper reported that 67-year-old Sabine Moureau left her home at Erquelinnes, in Belgium’s Hainaut province, to pick up a friend from a train station in Brussels, about 90 kilometres away.

But what should have been a 90-minute drive ended in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia in southern Europe, more than 1400 kilometres from her destination.

Mme Moureau told the newspaper: “I was absent-minded so I kept on putting my foot down.”

“I switched on the GPS and punched in the address. Then I started out. My GPS seemed a bit wonky. It sent me on several diversions and that’s where it must have gone wrong.”

“I saw tons of different signposts, first in French, later in German, but I kept on driving.”

She had to fill her gas tank twice and slept for a few hours beside the highway to complete the journey.

But she claimed that she didn’t realise that she was on the wrong route until she arrived in the Croatian capital.

“It was only when I ended up in Zagreb that I realised I was no longer in Belgium,” she said.

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