Outdated GPS cited in fatal N.B. crash

Confusion created by outdated GPS information, poor signage and a reconfigured intersection in Charlotte County, N.B., all contributed to a car crash that killed a Nova Scotia woman Monday, according to police.

The 78-year-old woman died at the scene near St. Andrews after the car she was a passenger in didn't stop at the intersection of highways 170 and 127 and smashed into the back of a transport truck.

That stretch of road used to be Highway One coming from St. Stephen, said RCMP investigator Audrey Soucy.

It now connects drivers to the new highway, but there is a stop sign and a ramp that drivers must navigate through first.

The woman and her husband, who were returning from a trip to Florida, were travelling the old road and missed the stop sign, Soucy said.

Missed stop sign

The directions in the car's global position system device were outdated and indicated he was already on the highway, so he didn't expect the road to end at a stop sign, she said.

"There is a stop sign at this intersection, but it's not well indicated before. There's not enough warning."

Soucy said it's up to drivers to update their GPS systems when travelling, but in this case, the technology has yet to register the new four-lane highway in the area.

Immediate steps may be taken to address the confusion, she said.

"We will be looking at talking with the Department of Transportation to have some kind of warning, or rumbling strip coming to the stop sign, advising people there is something coming right there."

Andrew Holland of the Department of Transportation said staff review signage and other traffic indicators after any major crash. They will meet with the coroner's office next week to review the case, he said.

The woman's husband suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital. The truck driver wasn't hurt.