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3 children taken to hospital after car hits daycare center

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A car accidentally drove through a wall and into the classroom of a daycare facility north of Los Angeles on Monday and three children were taken to a hospital for evaluation although no major injuries were reported, authorities said.

Paramedics were called shortly after 4:30 p.m. to La Petite Academy in the Saugus area of Santa Clarita, authorities said.

TV helicopter footage showed the damaged car and a hole in a window area of the one-story building, located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown Los Angeles.

A statement from the academy said a “school family member’s vehicle” struck the building and drove into a classroom.

Three children and a staff member were in the classroom, the statement said.

The children, all under the age of 4, were airlifted to a hospital for evaluation as a precaution without serious injuries, authorities said.

“When it went through, it landed on her. They found her underneath the bookshelf” but she was left with only a minor scratch, Steve Adler said of his 2-year-old daughter.

He held her as he talked to reporters Monday night.

“You got to ride in a helicopter, right, sweetie? She was singing the whole time,” he said.

His wife, Dr. Allison Adler, said the other two children also were “doing fine.”

Another person, believed to be the driver, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, KCBS-TV reported.

Dr. Adler said daycare staff told her that the driver was a grandmother who had come to pick up some children.

The school was evacuated and temporarily closed.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

La Petite Academy is a national chain that offers daycare, pre-school and kindergarten.

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This story has been corrected to show the child’s father is named Adler.

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