Five children hurt when car crashes into preschool
HUNTINGTON BEACH – A car crashed into a classroom at Childtime Learning Center preschool at 7:44 a.m. today, injuring five children, two seriously.
Five children were taken to the hospital, two with injuries described as moderate trauma and the others with moderate injuries. All five children are under 5 years old, said Martha Werth, a spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Fire Department.
There were 14 children at the school at the time, Werth said.
Authorities have confirmed that a 2-year-old child was pinned under the car and against the wall.
The red BMW sedan that plowed through a classroom wall was driven by a mother dropping off her child, authorities said. Just the back end of the car was visible from outside the preschool.
Several engines from the Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley fire departments were on the scene, along with police.
Paramedics examined children outside the building.
The school is at 9861 Yorktown Ave. at the intersection with Brookhurst Street.
Wendy Shanahan was running late to drop off her daughter Paige, 2, at the school this morning.
“We’re thinking we’re glad we were 10 minutes late,” Shanahan said. “We’re hoping all our friends are OK.”
A school official declined to comment.
Marley Griffith, 5, was playing with blocks in the classroom when he heard a bang.
“The car crashed in. I got scared,” he said.
Marley felt a scrape on his leg after the crash, he said.
His father, Noah Griffith, 33, wondered how the accident could have happened.
“I didn’t think it was going to be this bad,” he said.
Officials are investigating the cause of the crash.
Source:THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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