Parents in SHOCK after 19 children hospitalized when SUV crashed into preschool
Nineteen preschool students and a staff member ended up in the hospital after a Suzuki sport utility vehicle crashed into a school in California. The incident reportedly happened at Great Adventures Christian Preschool, located at the corner of Balls Ferry Road and Martha Street in Anderson, California, on Thursday, March 3 in the afternoon.
In a Facebook statement, the Anderson Police Department said: “Upon officers’ arrival on scene, they found a Suzuki SUV had crashed into the building. It was determined that at the time of the collision the building was occupied by nineteen children and two adults. Officers entered the building and began assessing the injuries of the children and escorting them to safety.”
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According to police, most of the students, as well as the employee, were shifted to the hospital for “precautionary reasons”. However, two kids were reportedly sent to a pediatric intensive care unit at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. No casualties have been reported yet but when cops arrived at the scene, they found two children pinned under the car.
The police statement noted: “A Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) was declared due to the potential number of injured parties. Additional law enforcement, fire, and medical resources responded to the scene to assist,” before adding: “The driver of the vehicle was located at the scene and was identified as a female Anderson resident.”
Reportedly, the woman was interrogated and checked by an Anderson Police Department Drug Recognition Expert and it was found that she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. “The driver was cooperative and released after providing a statement,” the statement added.
The incident has attracted a lot of comments on Facebook. A user defending the driver wrote, “For everyone trying to crucify the person who got in this accident. Please have some decency and kindness, all these comments condemning this person are making me sick, we have no idea the circumstances behind the accident. I can only imagine how bad this person feels along with everyone involved.” Another user said, “Praying for the children and teachers for full recovery. ❤️🙏🌹 Pray for the families of those involved in this terrible incident.”
A person commented, “There is ZERO reason for this driver to have been released, as a mother I can't imagine. If it was medical, then she should be in the hospital.. and if not then jail and not let out. 14 babies were in the hospital, on top of the trauma of all this in the second safety place besides their home. APD step it up.”
Another comment read, “My son used to go here! This made me cry, I am still shaken up. So glad it was nap time...the room she ran into is where all the children wait to be picked up! And the way it is set on the street...you would have to be looking at your phone or very distracted to run into the building at this angle. This is why we must pay attention. The owner of the daycare has a strong faith in God, and is a very kind woman. I am so sorry this has affected her this way, and I am so happy we did not lose any babies today. So terrifying. These parents must be beside themselves. At least they get to hold their children tonight."