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  • 15 January 2013, 10:26

Sat nav takes woman on 1,800 mile detour

Sabine Moreau /Europics

A 67-year-old woman went on an astonishing 1,800 mile detour across Europe after her satnav went wrong on a trip to her local railway station.


Sabine Moreau had meant to drive just 38 miles to meet a friend arriving by train in Brussels, Belgium.

But when her satnav told her to keep going she did - and going, and going, and going.

She didn't stop - apart from refueling breaks - until she reached a station in Zagreb, Croatia, two days later - after crossing five international borders and covering 900 miles.

"I saw all kinds of traffic signs. First in French, then in German - Cologne, Aachen, Frankfurt," she told a Belgium news website.

"But I didn't ask myself any questions. I was just distracted, so I kept my foot down," she added.

Police believe she crossed through France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia before finally getting to Croatia.

Then she faced another 900 mile journey back to get to her home in Solre-sur-Sambre.

After her son reported her missing, Belgian police searched her house and were about to launch a full scale manhunt when she phoned home to say she was in Zagreb.

She told police: "I didn't really notice anything was wrong until I suddenly arrived in Zagreb and realised that I was no longer in Belgium."

"Weird? Maybe, but I was just preoccupied," she added.