updated 11/30/2006 1:29:53 PM ET 2006-11-30T18:29:53

A group of students from a tiny northern New York community got a lesson in city life when their school bus was towed away during a field trip to Albany.

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The students and chaperones from Clifton Fine High School in Star Lake were visiting the Empire State Convention Center on Tuesday. When they went to board their bus for the 2 1/2-hour trip back to the Adirondacks, the vehicle was gone.

It turns out the bus driver had parked the vehicle in a private lot for an apartment building.

The bus was towed to an Albany garage where the driver had to pay $216 to get it released.

The driver said she was directed to the wrong parking lot by someone claiming to be an employee of the New York State Museum.

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