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Rookie school bus driver gets lost for an hour with kids aboard

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A school bus driver taking five students to school Tuesday morning got lost for about an hour in the west Twin Cities metro area. State troopers used GPS to track down the lost bus, FOX 9 reports.

It was just the second day on the job for the bus driver, who was taking the students from Brooklyn Center to the FAIR School in Crystal about 10 miles away.

The driver somehow lost his way, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, and troopers eventually tracked down the bus in the parking lot of a Target store in Crystal, according to FOX 9.

The students, age 9-12, usually arrive at school between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., but when it got past 9 a.m. and they still hadn't arrived, dispatchers from the bus company notified the State Patrol.

“The kids started giving him directions,” said State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske, according to the Star Tribune. “He still got lost and didn’t realize his radio was off."

The bus has a GPS unit on board, so it only took troopers about 10 minutes to find it near the store, which is about two miles away from the school, the Star Tribune reports.

A supervisor from the bus company, Metropolitan Transportation Network, came to drive the students the rest of the way to school.

Keith Lester, superintendent of the West Metro Education Program, told the Star Tribune he's relieved the students were OK, and said he's been assured the driver in question "won't be driving our kids anymore.”

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