Spain has its own version of the Bermuda triangle. This is the so-called “Pantsaloneta triangle”, located in La Rioja and whose name is an ironic adaptation of the original, since this is the name that shorts receive there. The area in question, located in the mountainous area of the Sierra de la Demanda, has seen numerous trucks from Eastern Europe get lost due to a poor GPS indication that led to a non-existent gas station.
The last case was recorded last night. As reported by the Civil Guard itself, the agents have had to help a transporter of Ukrainian origin who has gotten stuck on a narrow and winding road that leads to Bonicaparra, in the municipality of Ezcaray. To remove it, it was necessary to resort to the services of a crane.
As other truck drivers who have suffered this same situation have previously explained, the GPS has wrongly guided them to the village of Turza when their intention was to go to a gas station located in La Jonquera and which has a similar name. "They are people from outside, who do not know how to speak Spanish and who simply drive, so they have no idea where they are going," explained the mayor of San Millán de la Cogolla, Ismael Maestro, to El Periódico de Spain. “When we tell drivers where they are and where they should be, 600 kilometers away, they throw their hands up,” he added.
The mayor of Ezcaray, Diego Bengoa, explained, on Cadena SER's Hoy por Hoy La Rioja, that more than 14 trucks have already gotten stuck in this place. To prevent this from happening again, they will ask the Rioja Government to put in place a clearance control so that trucks cannot access the area.
Although years ago the city council already placed signs in several languages indicating that it was a “dead end road”, which led nowhere, as has been seen, trapped drivers ignore the signs.