Thanks to smartphones, more and more drivers have access to GPS units and turn-by-turn directions. A tourist from Arizona says his is partly to blame for a very close call.

He wound up driving his rental car onto a set of railroad tracks in Webster, after the GPS told him to turn down an alley. He says both the alley and the tracks were covered with snow.

The driver got stuck, and started hearing a train coming down the tracks. He got out and waved his arms to try to stop it, but the train crashed into the car. No one was hurt.

Do you think drivers depend on their GPS units too much, or are they an absolute necessity in our area because of the unusual street layouts? Share your comments below, and watch for them on WBZ News in the Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.

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