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Couple crash into church, curse satnav

'Only went where it told me,' says stunned driver

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Two Britons landed themselves in a German hospital after they allegedly followed satnav instructions - and drove straight into a church.

The unnamed couple were driving in freezing conditions from Austria to France on Friday when the car's satnav said, "turn right", The Times reports.

The 76-year-old driver did as he was told, immediately smashing into a 19th Century chapel near Freundpolz, Bavaria. The prang is said to have caused £23,000 worth of damage.

A motorist who stopped to help claimed the confused man blamed the machine for the error. The stunned driver said: "It told me to turn this way, but I suddenly ran out of road."

A spokeswoman for the Bavarian police said the moral of the story was the need to keep your wits about you when driving.

The couple spent the night in hospital recovering from shock and minor bruising. They've since returned to Britain - by train. ®

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