Uber driver follows app map, gets stuck on stairs

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The car was stuck in such a way that two trucks had to be called to remove the vehicle.


An Uber driver in San Francisco followed the Uber map and accidentally got stuck on stairs after he drove down a pedestrian walkway outside a grocery store on Monday.

The white Toyota Camry had two passengers at the time of the accident when the driver supposedly followed the app instruction which prompted him to go down the stairs. As soon as the driver took the wrong turn, the car ended up on the stairs but fortunately, no one was reported to be injured in the accident.

The car was stuck in such a way that two trucks had to be called to remove the vehicle from above the stairs, San Francisco Police Department officials said. However, according to people present at the scene of the accident said that the tow truck was using a cable to remove the car but it snapped and the car plowed into a public trash can, knocking off its screws.

The driver, Fred, told Business Insider that he was using the Uber map at the time of the accident and that the app instructed him to go down the stairs. Uber confirmed that the driver was driving on behalf of the app at the time and that the car had two passengers. The trip was an Uber Pool, which allows multiple passengers to carpool together, and the car was headed to pick up a third passenger.

Fred is with Uber for less than a year and said that the Safeway needed to make changes to its parking lot. Earlier in 2014, a taxi driver from Vina Cab similarly got stuck on the same set of stairs.