Driver suffers medical episode, crashes into school building
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A normal school day took a quick and scary turn after a driver crashed into West Teays Elementary School in Hurricane.
“I was on my telephone, I go through to see if I have any messages through the day and I looked and when it said ‘car crashes into putnam county school,’ it scared me because, I have (a grandchild) here and (another) one at the middle school,” said grandparent Sandra Simms.
Putnam County Sheriff Bobby Eggleton said the driver had a seizure due to a medical condition. The driver hit one car and ran through a cement brick mailbox before crashing into the school.
“That’s the biggest fear is scaring the kids or them even getting hurt or being in harms way,” Ashworth told WSAZ. So that made me feel a lot better knowing that they didn’t witness it and they weren’t anywhere near it.”
West Teays Elementary Principal Lisa Ashworth said a teacher was eating lunch in the classroom right next to where the accident happened.
“By the time she got to me, she was yelling that a car had hit the building so since that had happened before, I kind of knew what to expect,” said Ashworth. “So when I got out here we just checked on the driver and some nurses from across the street at the doctors office were already over here too so they were checking his vitals while I was on the phone with 911.”
Putnam County Schools says there is no structural damage to the building that would make it a danger to children in the classroom or area.
Sheriff Eggleton said no charges are expected to be filed.
No one was hurt as a result of the crash.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Emergency crews are on scene of a crash where a car hit a school building Friday afternoon.
Putnam County dispatchers say the crash happened at West Teays Elementary in Hurricane.
Emergency crews say no children were hurt.
We have a crew headed to the scene.
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