A truck crashed into a Clearwater day care Monday evening, sending six people to the hospital, according to police.
The truck slammed into Building Blocks at Clearwater, at 1112 Lakeview Road, around 5:30 p.m. — chipping away at a mural of a cartoonish child and revealing the gray concrete of the building underneath. The bright blue entrance to the facility was sectioned off with caution tape Monday night.
The truck hit the pickup area of the facility, where parents come to pick up their children, according to Ayman Saed, the owner of Building Blocks at Clearwater.
The driver was a 57-year-old woman who was there to pick up her grandchild, according to a news release from the Clearwater Police Department.
She tried to brake when she saw a child near her vehicle, but “hit the gas pedal instead and the truck went out of control in the parking lot and struck multiple people, including a mother and her three children — ages 2, 3 and 5,” the release said.
The kids were taken to All Children’s Hospital, and their mom was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, police said. A staff member of the day care also was injured and was taken to Mease Dunedin Hospital.
The driver, who was cited for careless driving, was transported to Largo Medical Center, according to the release.
The day care posted a statement on its Facebook page at 7:31 p.m. that said that “no one was seriously injured.”
Saed, who has owned the day care for about five years, said the safety and education of the children are the facility’s top priorities.
“We do give and provide the best services we can,” Saed said. “Our biggest concern is the safety of the kids in here.”
Employees from the city of Clearwater’s building department will be sent to the day care to examine the damage Tuesday, police said.
Building Blocks at Clearwater will be closed for the rest of the week, the day care announced in a post on its Facebook page Tuesday morning. The facility confirmed that plan to the Times on Tuesday afternoon.
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