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Car Crashes Day Care Center in Kansas City, Injuring 3 Toddlers

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Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 12:58 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A car crashed into a daycare center in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, injuring three children who were between 3 and 5 years of age.

Two of the children at the Christian Academy Daycare were trapped underneath the car, while a third who was in the area of impact was also injured.

The car, a Cadillac, was parked at the time it crashed through the wall of the daycare facility, having been struck by an SUV driven by an elderly woman believed to be in her eighties, NBC News' Kansas City affiliate KSHB reported.

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The elderly driver was also injured in the incident and subsequently taken to a local hospital, along with the children, where all four were found to have sustained life threatening injuries, according to authorities.

All 40 or so children who were at the facility when the car crashed through its wall have been accounted for say police, KSHB reported.

The Cadillac owner's grandson, Tony Bennett, says he ran to help as soon as he heard the impact, clearing debris and removing as many children as he could before first responders arrived.

"I started helping like trying to kick down the doors to get all the kids out," Bennett told KSHB. "It was devastating to hear all the kids crying and it made you want to do whatever you could do to make everything better."

One of the children, Zaire Davis, reportedly suffered a broken hip from the crash.

"He looked up and saw a big car over him," Davis' mother Shayla told the Kansas City Star.

When asked about his recovery, Shayla said her son was "just real quiet, answering my questions, telling me his leg hurts."

Davis' mother believes her son was stretched out on a cot when the car crashed through the wall.

Shayla added that she doesn't know how she'll reassure her kids to go to daycare again, telling the Star, "I have no ideas. Tell them their teacher loves them?"

Davis is expected to make a full recovery.

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The other two children who were injured as a result of the crash were treated at the hospital and released at approximately 8 p.m. that evening, a Children's Mercy Hospital spokesperson told KSHB.

In addition to the injuries and extreme damage caused at the daycare center, 67 local residents also lost power due to the crash.

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