CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — Several people, including multiple children, were injured when police said a driver lost control of a truck outside of a day care in Clearwater on Monday.
A spokesman for Clearwater police said a truck went out of control in the pickup line at the Building Blocks Children’s Center on Lakeview Road near South MLK Jr. Avenue. The incident happened around 5:30 p.m.
According to police, a grandmother who was at the day care to pick up a child saw another child “in front of or near” her truck and accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. The truck then went out of control and hit several people.
A mother and her three children – ages 2, 3 and 5 – were among the people who were hit, the police spokesman said. The children were taken to All Children’s Hospital for treatment. The mother was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. The driver of the truck and a day care staff member were also taken to nearby hospitals.
None of the injuries to any of the six people are considered life-threatening, according to police.
Firefighters worked Monday night to fix up the part of the day care that was hit by the truck. The city’s building department will inspect the structure Tuesday.
The 57-year-old driver of the truck was ticketed for careless driving.