A MAN, 18, froze to death in his car in Russia after travelling down a disused track suggested by Google Maps.
Sergey Ustinov’s car broke down on the so-called Highway of Bones when he was heading from Yakutsk to Magadan, according to local media. The temperature dropped to -50ºC.
His friend, Vladislav Istomin, of the same age, was found with acute hypothermia and is fighting for his life in hospital after spending a week stranded in the vehicle.
Neither of the young men was dressed appropriately for the extreme cold of the region, according to the police, who assured that the vehicle broke down after it hit a piece of wood when it had taken the wrong route. Locals say that the normal thing to do there is to travel with two vehicles in case one breaks down, since temperatures can drop beyond -60ºC.
Google has since removed the route from the App’s system.
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