the Russian route that Google Maps eliminated after a fatal accident
Google had to change one of its routes after the death of a young man, Sergei Ustinov, after following the recommendations of what, according to Google Maps, was the shortest route. Ustinov was traveling with a friend, also in serious condition, inside the car, on a snow-covered road through the so-called "highway of bones".
This highway connects Yakutsk (Russia), considered the coldest city in the world with temperatures down to 50 degrees below zero, with Madagan, another Russian city. The course, over 2000 kilometersIt was three hours faster on the route indicated by Google Maps, although after the fatal accident Google decided to eliminate the passage on this road.
"The bone road", one of the coldest in the world
The Kolimá highway, also known as the "bone road "and with the code M56, it is a highway of more than 2000 kilometers which connects Magadan and Yakutsk, in Russia. It was built and receives its nickname of" bones "because, literally, the bones of the prisoners died in its construction were placed under the road and its surroundings as a porous material for the building mix.
As of today the road is in terrible condition, with sections destroyed by flooding. In mid-December, there can be temperatures of -50 degrees on this route, making the trip even more difficult, due to the frosts. Google Maps told the two young men this was the shortest route, so they followed it.
After the car was damaged and stopped. One of the young men could not endure the low temperatures and died. Her partner was found in serious condition
The car was damaged, according to Siberiantimes, due to a broken radiator. Ustinov died because he could not stand the temperature and his partner was found in serious condition. The source also reports that the passengers in the car were not dressed properly to withstand the extreme cold, and that the car was not prepared for a trip in these conditions. However, Google has decided to take action on this.
Google Maps eliminated the crossing on this road after the news, so any Russian route that initially crossed it will now default to the alternate path.
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