- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - GPS navigational systems have been leading drivers to trouble in southern Oregon.

The Daily Courier reports (https://is.gd/ncxTEo ) that in recent days, several motorists have been caught in icy, snowed-in roads after their devices told them to leave the safety of Interstate 5 near Siskiyou Summit south of Ashland.

Jackson County sheriff’s Sgt. Shawn Richards says on Thursday, three families drove off of I-5, got stuck and spent the night in the cold because of out-of-date Google maps information. Richards says at the time of the incidents, the freeway was in good condition and completely open.

Search and rescue volunteers are now manning Colestin Road to keep drivers off. Richards says on Friday at least another nine drivers tried to take the short cut on their way to California, but they were intercepted.

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Information from: Daily Courier, https://www.thedailycourier.com

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