A Jeep struck a school building Friday morning, at Barclay Elementary/Middle School. Six people were injured, including five children. All non-life threatening injuries. (Baltimore Sun video)
An out-of-control Jeep crashed into a Baltimore school Friday morning, injuring five students who were in the middle of music class, city officials said.
The incident occurred before 11 a.m. at Barclay Elementary/Middle School in the 2900 block of Barclay St. in the Abell neighborhood. The sixth-grade students were taken to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Fire department spokeswoman Blair Skinner said the driver, who was "suffering a medical emergency,” also was taken to the hospital. Baltimore police are investigating the cause of the accident.
"We're very fortunate," Skinner said. "Had this been during recess or dismissal it could've been a lot worse."
The SUV struck the building at a corner classroom on the first floor, breaking through the brick beneath windows. Brick and debris was pushed into a classroom, mixing with textbooks and worksheets.
Four of the five students had been released by early Friday afternoon, city schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster said. The fifth student is expected to be released later in the day, she said.
“Our thoughts are with them and their families, and with the driver,” she said in a statement. “Counselors were at the school today to support students and staff members and will be available as needed next week for any who are experiencing anxiety as a result of today’s incident.”
Armani Saunders, 11, said she was in the middle of music class when she suddenly heard a loud boom.
“I thought someone threw a bomb in the school,” she said.
The sixth-grader said everyone started panicking when they saw that an SUV had crashed into the school.