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Day-care Crash Injures 3 Children

July 30, 2013

Two vehicles crashed into a Kansas City day-care center early Tuesday afternoon and injured three children, two of whom were pinned under a vehicle, police said.

The accident happened shortly before 1 p.m. CDT at Christian Academy Day Care.

Three children suffered serious injuries, said Battalion Chief James Garrett, a Kansas City Fire Department spokesman.

A police department employee who was driving nearby and people on the scene rescued one child from under one of the vehicles. Firefighters rescued a second child from under the vehicle using air bags and the Jaws of Life, Garrett said.

A black Range Rover hit a parked silver Cadillac and knocked it inside the building. The wreck knocked a power pole over part way, leaving it tilting at a 45-degree angle in front of the building.

Approximately 40 children were inside the day-care center. The injured children were taken to Children's Mercy Hospital, said Capt. Tye Grant, a police spokesman. Their conditions were not known. The driver of the Range Rover also was taken to a hospital.

Firefighters stabilized the building with 2-by-4s and other lumber before checking the building a second time to make sure all children and adults had gotten out.

Many of the non-injured children were taken to a nearby residence.


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