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6 taken to hospital after truck goes out of control in Clearwater daycare parking lot

Clearwater Daycare Accident
Building Blocks at Clearwater
Posted at 6:45 PM, Jun 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-14 05:35:32-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Three adults and three children were taken to the hospital Monday after a truck went out of control at a pickup line at a Clearwater daycare.

The accident happened at Building Blocks at Clearwater near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr and Lakeview road in Clearwater.

According to Clearwater Police, a grandmother, 57, who was at the daycare to pick up a child saw another kid in front of or near her vehicle and tried to break. However, the grandmother hit the gas pedal instead and the truck went out of control in the parking lot.

"She saw a child either in front or near her vehicle that maybe darted out. She was going to stop the truck because she was worried she was going to hit that child and instead of hitting the brake, she hit gas," said Rob Shaw, a spokesperson for the City of Clearwater.

The truck hit multiple people including a mom and three kids, ages 2, 3, and 5 years old. The driver of the truck and a staff member of Building Blocks at Clearwater were also taken to local hospitals.

"That's a very scary thought to have that large of a vehicle hitting somebody that tiny so that's always something that our firefighters are worried about and that's why they were all taken to All Children's as trauma alerts, precautionary," added Shaw.

The grandmother was cited for careless driving by police.

Clearwater building department employees will visit the daycare Tuesday to check on the structure.