Two Children Injured When Day Care Van Crashes Into Hazelwood Facility

A Tendercare Learning Center van crashed into the side of the building. Police say the children weren't seriously injured, but one was taken to a nearby hospital for examination.

Patch received a news tip of a van running into a day care facility near Interstate 270, and it appears to be valid.

Police responded to the Tendercare Learning Center Tuesday, after one of the facilitiy’s vans crashed into the building.

The Hazelwood Police Department is reporting minor injuries.

"While driving a company van, an employee of Tendercare Learning Center accidentally drove the otherwise unoccupied van through the wall of the child care facility," said acting Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall.

Hall also said two 6-year-old girls were injured on the inside of the building at crash impact because falling debris inside the building fell on them.

"The injuries are not believed to be of a serious nature, although one of the children was taken by her parents to a local hospital for an examination," Hall said.

The facility located in the 400 block of Candellight Lane, accepts children from age two to age 12.

Hazelwood Patch called Tendercare Learning Center and the woman that answered the phone said the director had no comment at this time.

Patch editor Angela Atkinson contributed to this report.

Ashley December 19, 2012 at 03:43 PM
How do you accidentally run into a wall. Was the driver texting? Was he or she drunk? Did they have a heart attack while driving? Good for the parents for taking their children to the hospital. You never know what sort of damage that did.
Deanna December 19, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Whenever I pick my child up from Russell I see the driver of Tender Cares van on her cell phone while driving.Im curious to know if it was the same driver.
Candace Jarrett December 20, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Really? I would think the company, like most others, doesn't allow drivers to use cell phones in the vehicles. I've reached out to the HPD acting chief to see if it's being investigated and if it has been determined what caused the person to 'accidentally' crash into the building.
Candace Jarrett December 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM
I have a follow up to this and I'm writing it as we speak.


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