It has gotten people killed
and it's still happening.
My wife just tried some internet "route finder" for a trip she is considering.
Now you have to understand that we live just a few miles away from a 'road' in Oregon called "Bear Camp Road. For those who missed the news story a few years ago, that is a road that does not belong on a proper map. People get killed up there. It is "sort of" passable in the summer if you are used to driving on one-way, one lane logging roads. In the winter it's a death trap.
A family got stranded up there not long ago and the husband died. That is the third case I can remember in the last 12 years, and those are just the ones that made national news.
Yes, that stupid website she was on lists it as a short cut from the southern Oregon coast to the lower valley.
Google, Oregon, Bear Camp Road.