December 2, 2008

GPS unit leads car down stairs

An Italian man said his car's satellite navigation system guided him to make a right turn that led his car to roll down two flights of stairs in Trieste.

The man told police he was headed for his 40-year high school reunion at a restaurant in the city and was following the directions of his satellite navigation system when he made the right turn onto the stairs, ANSA reported Tuesday.

The vehicle came to rest one flight of stairs from the end of the decline. He said police told him he could drive his car down the remaining stairs, but he chose instead to have his car brought back to the road by a special tow truck to avoid further damage to the vehicle.

The man said the situation took about 90 minutes to resolve and he was able to make it to his reunion party on time.