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Google Maps Leads Toronto Man Down Treacherous Road Near Gander

04/27/2015 05:09 EDT | Updated 06/26/2015 05:59 EDT
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A Toronto man who was in central Newfoundland for business last week got into some trouble when the smartphone application he was using led him down a backcountry road.

Mark Shardar decided to do a bit of sightseeing in his rental car before catching his flight back to Toronto Wednesday, taking some pictures of local scenery.

When he was ready to go catch his flight, he used the Google Maps app on his phone to navigate the roads back to Gander International Airport.

"Google Maps showed me to take a side road — and it seems like that wasn't really a good idea," he said.

"By the time I realized I was 10-11 kilometres in. It was snow-covered and the car got completely stuck."

With time running out to return the rental car and catch his flight, Sharder started to get desperate.

"I had to dig [out] with bare hands because [there was] no cell phone reception, so I tried to push forward trying to get a signal," he said.

"Eventually I had to call for help from the police and it took them about two hours to get to me because the roads are not accessable."

Police were able to help him organize a tow truck to get the car pulled out, and eventually the car was returned and a new flight was booked.

Not the first time

Shardar said he checked two different applications during his ordeal, and both showed the back road as a legitimate way to go.

He said the tow truck driver who helped him said there have been three recent incidents of other people going down the road and getting stuck.

When talking to police, Shardar recommended that they do something to prevent people from driving down the road in the future..

"I was telling the officers, I think it's a good idea to put up a sign."

"Somebody could get hurt."

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