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POSTED: August 16, 2010 2:52 p.m.
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Plywood covers a hole in a wall of The Children's Village, where a vehicle ran into the building Thursday.

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Other than some plywood covering the hole in the wall, it was pretty much business as usual for The Children’s Village daycare the day after a vehicle ran into the facility near the corner of Hwy. 17 and Harris Trail Road.
“Earlier today (Thursday), an accident occurred where the grandparent of one of our children lost control of her vehicle and struck the front of our daycare center,” said a statement issued by The Children’s Village owners Paige May and Denise Larkin. “Thankfully, no one was seriously injured.”
The accident took place around 8:30 a.m. Thursday as the driver was dropping off a child for daycare. And while there were no injuries – no children, parents or staff were hurt, according to the statement – the woman, was taken to the hospital and released shortly thereafter.
“The driver was taken to the hospital mainly because she was shaken up,” Richmond Hill Police Maj. Michael Albritton said. “I think she was more traumatized than anything.”
He said it appeared as though her foot hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.
The daycare owners said that following the accident, all of the children were vacated from the building, either having been picked up by a parent or guardian or taken to The Children’s Village facility on Ford Avenue.
And as the plywood covering the hole showed, May and Larkin said the process of repairing the building was already underway and they expected to incur just a brief interruption of service.
“We would like to thank our local EMS and fire and police departments for the professional manner in which they responded to this call,” the owners said. “We are also grateful to our staff for the exceptional manner in which they cared for our children during this traumatic event. 
“Our primary concern at The Children’s Village is, and always will be, the safety of our children, their parents and guardians, and our staff. We are extremely thankful that no serious injuries occurred, and our prayers go out to our grandmother for a swift and complete recovery.”
 

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