Thursday, June 01, 2006

Two Die in GPS Treasure Hunt

Two GPS treasure hunters were killed over the Memorial Day weekend when their four-wheel-drive vehicle struck the side of a canyon wall near Onyx, CA and then drove over the edge of a 900-foot granite-ribbed cliff.

The two men were participating in a cross-country treasure hunt, believed to have originated in San Bernardino County, using global positioning system coordinates, according to the CHP. Typically in such competitions, participants locate a hidden marker, then move on to the next waypoint on the list.

Based on debris and skid marks at the scene, investigators believe the men struck the side of the canyon wall and then veered back across the road and over the side of the west embankment. The cliff is lined with granite boulders and the Jeep was crushed as it tumbled 900 feet to the bottom.

Contrary to early accounts, there is no evidence that the men were distracted by the GPS unit.

via the Bakersfield Californian