Truck falls off cliff in Indonesia after driver follows Google Maps

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Truck driver Agus Tri Pamungkas was not sure how to get to Singakerta village in Ubud, Bali, to drop off the truckload of rocks he had driven from Banyuwangi, East Java. So he did what many lost drivers do: check Google Maps.

Unfortunately, the app led him down a route that ended with his truck falling off a cliff into the Wos River near Banjar Gelogor, Lodtunduh village in Ubud.

Gelogor village guard I Ketut Sumardika said Mr Agus was following a route that was recommended only for motorcycles.

"When he got to a bridge, he considered turning back, but because the road was not more than 3m (wide), he couldn't turn around," Mr Sumardika said as quoted by

Mr Agus continued on the route to a damaged uphill road, where his truck stalled and upended into the river.

Those nearby helped rescue the driver by cutting through the bamboo trees at the location. The 23-year-old sustained bruises and sprains and has since been released from the hospital.

Mr Agus' father and employer went to the village to thank the people for helping him.

Gianyar Public Works Agency head I Nyoman Nuadi said the damaged road was under the jurisdiction of Gianyar regency and called on the village to put a sign on the road to warn large vehicles from going that way.