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SUV Slams Into Northeast Philadelphia Elementary School

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By Kim Glovas and Todd Quinones

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police say an SUV crashed into a school on in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday.

The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m.

According to police, the car carrying the driver and a 4-year-old passenger crashed into the Maternity BVM School at 9220 Old Bustleton Avenue.

Fortunately, the 2nd grade students had just left school for the day were not in the classroom at the time of the crash. An 8th grade student was in the room at the time, but was able to hide before the SUV hit the building.

“I just heard this big collapse, like boom,” said student Evan Parkhill who was just feet away in the classroom right next door. “It felt like an earthquake. It sounded like an earthquake.”

The driver and the child were taken to a local hospital as a precaution, but police say the injuries do not appear to be serious.

“I’m a little bit shaken,” said Bethanne Sulpizio, a parent of student of Maternity BVM. “I’m thankful that everybody got out safe.”

Sources tell CBSPhilly the female driver had a walking boot cast on her right leg that somehow got stuck and caused her to accelerate the vehicle.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections was called to the scene to determine if the building had sustained structural damage.

No one seriously injured.

As it was previously scheduled school will be closed on Friday.

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