Tuesday 20 March 2018

Car crashes into creche after driver 'loses control'

A picture showing the damage caused at First Steps Creche this morning Picture: Anna Connors
A picture showing the damage caused at First Steps Creche this morning Picture: Anna Connors
No children or staff were injured in the incident Photo: First Steps Creche Facebook
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A car crashed into a creche in Co Waterford this morning after the driver lost control when entering the car park.

The incident happened at First Steps Creche in the Ballybeg area at around 9.30am.

Around 20 children were in the creche at the time. The car struck the bottom part of the wall of one of the preschool rooms and caused damage to the radiator inside.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Childcare Manager Carmel Staunton said they are hoping to carry out repairs as quickly as possible.

"Everybody is okay. A parent was coming in with her children around half nine and she hit the building after she lost control. The bottom part of the wall is damaged and so is the radiator inside," she said.

"It was an unfortunate thing to happen but we are very fortunate everyone is okay. We forget about the person that is directly involved sometimes but thankfully they weren't injured. The paramedics treated her at the scene and she's fine."

Ms Staunton said an engineer has assessed the damage and the preschool room will be off limits until repairs are carried out, while the creche itself will remain open.

"The engineer reassured us that the building itself is fine and it's only a bit of structural damage."

Parents took to Facebook to thank the staff and emergency services for their quick response.

"I never got a worse fright, thank God there was no one hurt and well done to the staff at first steps I heard you were brilliant. Things like this make you appreciate how lucky you are," one parent said.

Local councillor John Hearne (SF) said “it’s a major relief” nobody was hurt.

“Everybody was very lucky. I think they will need to consider putting safety bollards in place to stop something like this happening again.

“It was a let off but these things can happen to anyone. I’m just relieved that nobody was hurt.”

A garda spokesman said: "Gardaí attended a single vehicle collision at approximately 9:30am. No injuries reported to Gardaí."

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