November 12, 2013 4:10 pm

3 children sent to hospital after car crashes through Laval daycare window

LAVAL, Que.  – Three toddlers were transferred to hospital after a car crashed through the window of a private daycare centre in a strip mall in the city of Laval.

The children in the daycare were napping at the time.

In an update on their condition, a spokesperson for the Ste. Justine Hospital confirmed that one of the children had been released, the second is under observation and the third, a young girl, has suffered injuries to her face.

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“We do not know the full extent of her injuries,” the head of emergency, Dr. Antonio D’Angelo, said.

“She was trapped under the wheels of a car, but she is conscious and stable.”

Authorities have confirmed that a woman in her eighties lost control of her car just before 2 pm and crashed through a plate glass window, plowing all the way into the daycare centre.

Marc-André Gagnon, an Urgences Sante spokesperson, said the children had suffered what could be serious injuries, but noted that all three were conscious when they were transferred to hospital.

“These are serious injuries but not life-threatening,” he noted.

“But we’re not taking any chances and they were brought to the highest level of trauma centre at the hospital.”

Authorities have provided an emergency telephone number for parents of children at the daycare who are seeking information on the incident: 514-231-8912.

Police have confirmed that parents of all injured children have been contacted.

“The driver and three children with minor injuries have been transferred to hospital as a precaution,” said Laval police spokesperson, Franco Di Genova at approximately 2:30 pm EST. 

He noted that the driver may have believed her car was in reverse when she accelerated.

A witness who arrived at the scene shortly after the accident, and claimed to help with the rescue, told a French news television station that one of the children was unconscious after being trapped under the car, saying that “he hopes she makes it.”

The children attending the daycare who were not injured have been moved to another daycare in the vicinity.

An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances that led to the incident.

The Garderie Face a Face, located on St. Martin West in Laval, offers an educational daycare program focusing on bilingualism for approximately 35 children aged two to five years of age.

More details to come.

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