File this one under technology going wrong. A group of sight-seers driving through Vermont were using Waze when they were led straight into a frozen lake.
First reported by USA Today, the three out-of-state sight-seers borrowed their friend’s Jeep when they were visiting Vermont. The unlucky friend was Tara Guertin, who probably never expected her car to end up at the bottom of lake.
According to the unidentified friends, they were driving around Burlington using Waze when they unexpectedly drove straight onto frozen Lake Champlain while following the directions. By the time they noticed what had gone wrong, the car had slid 100 feet into the lake. They managed to get out of the car safely, but the Jeep wasn’t so lucky.
The event is so surreal, it sounds as if it’s a scene from a comedy sketch series. This very event happened in the comedy series The Office, where Michael Scott drove straight into a lake while relying on a GPS system.
To be fair to the drivers, it was not a perfect night of weather. The event reportedly happened on a dark and foggy night where visibility was not the best. Guertin said she thought the incident was a fluke, so she made her way out to the same spot using Waze and she was again instructed to drive into the lake.
Google, the owner of Waze, was reached out to for comment but couldn’t provide an explanation for the incident.
“It’s impossible to comment here without seeing the user’s driving file and we haven’t received permission to do so. Generally speaking, Waze maps are updated with millions of edits to adapt to real time road conditions daily, often making them the most accurate available,” related Julie Mossler, a spokesperson for Google.
This is a great point to note that you should always be aware of your surroundings when using technology, even if it’s a trusted service like Waze. You never know when you might take a right turn into a frozen lake.