Semi-truck gets stranded on North Carolina beach after GPS gives wrong directions

A truck driver took a ride on the wild side after his GPS apparently led him onto a North Carolina beach.

The driver of the Interstate Van Lines truck told WVEC-TV he was supposed to be driving south on Route 12 Monday but somehow ended up travelling north. He tried to find a place to turn around but instead reached the end of the road – quite literally – and ended up stuck on the beach in Corolla, North Carolina, a small village in the Outer Banks.

“He sees the ocean and knows he’s gone the wrong way,” Currituck County Sheriff Matt Beickert told The Coastland Times, adding the driver thought he could do a U-turn on the beach.

Currituck County Sheriff Matt Beickert said the driver was attempting to make a U-turn on the beach when the vehicle got stuck.  (Tom Meyer)

A 60-ton tow truck did eventually get the beached tractor-trailer out of the soft sand after it had been stranded for about two hours, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Carl Seto, owner of Seto’s Towing and Service Center in Kitty Hawk told the newspaper it costs approximately $2,000 to get a tractor-trailer off a beach but did not disclose the exact cost of getting this particular truck free.

“They don’t follow signs. They keep going. They just keep going,” Seto said.

A towing company said it costs about $2,000 to remove a stranded tractor trailer.  (Tom Meyer)

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