Kansas City, MO — Three children and an adult were injured Tuesday after a car crashed into a Kansas City daycare.
The Kansas City Police Department confirmed that the accident when a large SUV collided with a Cadillac, sending it crashing through the front of Christian Academy Child Care around 1 pm. The SUV also crashed through a wall and into the daycare. A daycare employee said there were 39 children inside at the time, and that they were all accounted for.
Dozens of Kansas City firefighters responded to the scene of the crash. Two children were trapped under the Cadillac, but responders were able to rescue them using hydraulic equipment. A Kansas City police officer who happened to be in the area helped pull the children out from the debris.
Three children were taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital, where their injuries ranged from “mild to moderate.” One of the injured children, 5-year-old Zyaire Davis, suffered a hip fracture when he was hit by the car. He is being kept overnight at the hospital. The uninjured children were taken to a nearby house to wait for the parents.
The 80-year-old driver of the SUV was also rushed to the hospital, but the extent of his injuries weren’t immediately known. The driver of the Cadillac, which was completely crushed, was initially reported to have fled the scene, but police said the owner of the vehicle was not the man inside the car at the time of the crash. When the owner arrived at the scene, he said he had no idea how his car ended up crashing through the daycare.
Authorities have now said that the Cadillac was parked when the SUV hit it, and that it was thrown thrown into the daycare.
The two vehicles were slowly removed after firefighters put up support beams to keep the building from collapsing.