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The car hit the bottom part of the wall of one of the preschool rooms and caused damage to a radiator. Photo: Anna Connors

The car hit the bottom part of the wall of one of the preschool rooms and caused damage to a radiator. Photo: Anna Connors

The car hit the bottom part of the wall of one of the preschool rooms and caused damage to a radiator. Photo: Anna Connors

Children and staff at a crèche had a lucky escape after a car crashed into the building when a driver lost control.

The incident happened at First Steps Crèche in the Ballybeg area of Waterford at around 9.30 yesterday morning.

Around 20 children were on the premises at the time but no injuries were reported.

The car hit the bottom part of the wall of one of the pre-school rooms and caused damage to a radiator.

Childcare manager Carmel Staunton said repairs would be carried out as quickly as possible.

She said: "Everybody is OK. A parent was coming in with her children around 9.30am and she hit the building after losing control. "The bottom part of the wall is damaged and so is the radiator inside.

"We are very fortunate that everyone is OK. 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 had assessed the damage and the pre-school room would be off-limits until repairs were carried out, while the crèche itself would remain open.

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

A Garda spokesman said: "Gardaí attended a single-vehicle collision at approximately 9.30am. No injuries were reported."

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