Sat nav fail coach driver takes Welsh schoolchildren to wrong townTyping one incorrect letter into his sat nav caused a coach driver to take children 123km (77 miles) the wrong way.
The vehicle, returning the 37-pupil party from Paris, arrived in Towyn, north Wales, rather than Tywyn, in the west.
However, no one realised the driver’s mistake until it was too late – because all the pupils, aged between 11 and 14, and teachers from Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn school fell asleep before the major detour at the end of the 13-hour journey.
The school’s headmistress Helen Lewis said: ‘The driver, when he was told “Tywyn”, had made the incorrect assumption it was “Towyn”.
‘It is something that happens a lot here, although it is the first time we had a group of pupils end up in the wrong place.’
Parents waited for up to two more hours for their children to be ferried home.
A spokesman for coach company Llew Jones International said: ‘We have spoken to the driver of the coach and he was clearly instructed to go to Tywyn in Meirionnydd.
‘He then inputted the wrong destination into his sat nav and took the passengers to Towyn. He is not from the area.
‘We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.’