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Truck rescued by crane after sat-nav sent it into snowy dead end

A truck driver whose sat-nav led him into a snowy dead end in Styria had to have his truck rescued by firefighters using a crane and winch.

The driver was making his way to a wine grower but had been relying on his navigation system as he was unfamiliar with the roads. After the system sent him down narrow dead end, the 7.5 ton truck slid of the ice and got stuck in the snow for two hours in Marhof in Stainz.

With no way to turn and no way out the driver was forced to call rescuers.Eventually with the help of a crane and heavy lifting equipment the lorry was freed.

The truck driver is not the first to get misled by his sat-nav, a device normally more suitable for cars and other smaller vehicles that can get through the narrow roads easily. Other restrictions that apply to trucks such as weight or height are also sometimes not considered by the car sat-navs.

Special navigation devices designed for trucks are available but they are usually only suitable for main roads and are also much more expensive.

Hans- Peter Auer from the ÖAMTC said: "Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, which can be used as a sat nav. It would be good if there were complete maps especially for lorries. Many of the sat navs are meant just for car routes and are not suitable for lorries.  Lorry drivers must use specific sat navs for lorries and must ensure they are up to date."

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