Woman drives 3,000km after sat nav fail

16th Jan 2013
Written by: Macca Sherifi

Woman drives 3,000km after sat nav fail

A 61km journey in Belgium ends up in Croatia

A Belgian woman has suffered one of the best sav nav fails that we’ve ever come across as she drove for nearly 1,500 kilometres though six countries before realising her sat nav had “gone wrong”.

Sabine Moreau, 67, left her home at Solre-sur-Sambre to pick up a friend from the train station at Brussels.

The journey was meant to last just 61km, however, and this is where the story goes wrong, but she got lost and ended up 1,500km away in Zagreb, Croatia, the Daily Mail reported.

It’s believed she drove through France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia on the way.

She passed traffic signs in different languages and stopped to refuel her car several times and get some sleep, but didn’t stop to question the TomTom sat nav until 60 hours later when she realised she may not be in Belgium anymore.

This is the route that she took

“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 actually reported her missing to police but a manhunt was called off when she phoned home to tell him she was in Croatia.

A police spokesman from Belgium said “This is an incredible story.

“These GPS systems cause problems from time to time but nothing like this. But this woman has done nothing wrong and we just have to believe her.”

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