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Driver Blames GPS for Fatal Accident

Reporter: Rachel Schearr | Videographer: Sally Delta

Appomattox Co., VA - If your GPS told you to make a left turn would you listen?

Her 1997 Ford Taurus is still near the intersection of Business 460 and Route 460, and so is the fatal mistake that shattered two lives.

It was dark. The driver was from Richmond. She told investigators when she approached the intersection, her GPS instructed her to make a left instead of crossing the median. A few minutes later, she met another car head-on. The crash killed a 23-year-old Chase City man and neighbors say it's only a matter of time until there are more.

"I've seen tractor trailers go up that way. I've seen automobiles go up that way," said Tom Puckett, whose wife owns the Exxon not far from the crash site.

Linda Peters lives just off Route 460 and says she sees cars going the wrong way about twice a month.

Trooper Mike Heath says State Police get about one call every week about a car going the wrong way around the same area. He adds, the intersection is clearly marked with wrong way and stop signs.

"VDOT has done studies here. They've deemed this intersection to have the appropriate amount of signage," Heath said.

He hasn't heard any other complaints of GPS's instructing drivers to turn the wrong way. And when we tested our GPS, the instructions were clear--to cross the median before turning.

"It is a concern," Heath said. "I can't tell you why this intersection may be different than any other intersection. Maybe it's the traffic. Maybe it's because the median's a little wider here."

Neighbors say out of town drivers may get confused, going from two lanes to a four lane highway.

Linda Peters doesn't care what the reason is, if something isn't done she says accidents will keep on happening.

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