WESTTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — One person was injured after police say a driver crashed into several parked cars at a school parking lot in Chester County on Wednesday afternoon.
The accident happened around 1:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of West Chester Pike in Westtown Township.
Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department say a driver in a white Honda CR-V, traveling at a high speed, lost control of his car when heading westbound. The driver hit the center median, went across the eastbound lanes of West Chester Pike and went airborne into the parking lot of Saints Simon and Jude School as it hit several unoccupied vehicles. One of the struck parked cars ricocheted and slammed into the school building.
“The vehicle was seen traveling at a high rate of speed traveling west on West Chester Pike…subsequently going airborne into the parking lot where it struck three vehicles that were unoccupied thankfully,” said Sgt. Stephen C. Wassell, with the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department.
“God has been so good to us that car didn’t touch the gym, there were children in there,” said Susan Mobile, a teacher at the Saints Simon and Jude School.
Police say the driver was pinned beneath his SUV.
“Our 6th grade teacher heard the crash saw what had happened and immediately called 911,” Mobile said.
Realizing the SUV had caught fire, the teachers at the Saints Simon and Jude School put their crisis training into action.
“Anyone who didn’t have children got the fire extinguishers and immediately made it outside,” said Mobile.
Witnesses say officers exhibited similar bravery.
“There was a police officer actually standing on top of the vehicle as it was on fire trying to break the glass,” said Matt Austin, who witnessed the crash.
Eventually, police managed to turn the SUV over and pull the driver out.
“We prayed for him as well as all of our staff because that’s what we do as a community,” said Mobile.
Thanks to the quick action of everyone involved, the driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“It’s really great to see people stepping into action and really jumping in to do anything they can to help out,” said Wassell.
Police say no students or staff members were injured as a result of this accident.
The accident is currently under investigation.