Tuesday at approximately 1:00 p.m., three children and one adult were seriously injured at the Christian Academy Child Care facility on 27th Street in central Kansas City, Missouri, when an SUV plowed into the back of a parked Cadillac. This collision sent the Cadillac through the front wall of the day care center. The children were two two-year-olds and one five-year old.
A Range Rover hit a power pole, according to the reports of witnesses, then rear-ended a parked Cadillac, and sent it flying right into the center. Two children were trapped under the car. Witnesses were able to pull one child out, while police had to use Jaws of Life to rescue the other. In all three children were injured, as well as the driver.
According to Kansas City police Capt. Tye Grant, there were 40 children as well as a number of teachers and other adults inside the building when the accident occurred.
The crash left a gaping hole in the front of Christian Academy Child Care. The Cadillac was propelled into the gray one-story building, by the Range Rover, coming to rest inside, Grant stated.
According to he Kansas City Star, two of the children were pinned under the car, which wound up entirely inside the building. A Children’s Mercy Hospital spokeswoman told the newspaper the children’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
First responders on the scene were able to rescue two children who were trapped under the Cadillac using hydraulic equipment. A Kansas City police officer who happened to be in the area helped pull the children out from the debris.
At the time of the accident, about 40 children were playing and sleeping at Christian Academy Childcare in Kansas City, Missouri.
City communications director Danny Rotert reported that the injured children were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Also, the SUV’s driver, who was an 80-year-old man, was hospitalized with minor injuries.
So far, there is no word of what offenses that the driver of the SUV might be charged with.
Workers on Tuesday afternoon were trying to stabilize and repair the front of the building to ensure it wouldn’t collapse, Rotert said. After that task was accomplished, they then planned to take the Cadillac out of the facility.
Officials believed that all children have been accounted for, “but we are still searching,” Grant said Tuesday afternoon.
The 80-year-old man driving the Range Rover sport utility vehicle also was taken to a hospital with injuries.
The crash that injured three children and one adult at a daycare center happened when a parked Cadillac was sent into the front wall of the Christian Academy Day Care by a Range Rover SUV driven by an 80-year-old man.
Written by: Douglas Cobb