Kicker: Maps and mud

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Technology’s great when it works.

But when it doesn’t?  Not so great. 

Drivers trying to get to Denver International Airport on time to catch a plane got held up in a traffic jam. An accident slowed things down to the point many turned to Google Maps for an alternate way to get to the airport.

They soon found themselves on a dirt road. But recent heavy rain had turned it to mud. And the heavy traffic transformed it into a sludgy parking lot.  

Connie Monsees told KMGH that she and about 100 other drivers had no idea what they were steering into.

MONSEES: Why did Google send us out there to begin with. It just didn’t make any sense. There was no turning back once you were there.

Good thing she had a more useful kind of high-tech in her car: all-wheel drive. So not only did she get out of the muck, but she did a good turn and delivered a few lower-tech drivers to the airport.

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(Photo/The Denver Post)

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