GPS Instructions Gets Couple Stranded

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John Rhoads and his wife let their SUV's navigation system guide them through Eastern Oregon on Christmas Day. They got stuck in snow for three days when they went down a remote forest road. When the weather changed, they were able to get a cell phone signal and called for help.


Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

This never happened to Lewis and Clark, but it happened to a couple on Christmas Day. John Rhoads and his wife Starry Bush Rhoads used a GPS map to get directions through Eastern Oregon. It gave the shortest route, which was unsafe in December, and they got stuck in the snow for three days. The technology that almost killed them finally saved them. Rescuers eventually picked up a reading on their location from their GPS-enabled cell phone.

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