Van Crash at Foxborough YMCA Day Care Injures 4 Kids
A van crashed into a YMCA in Foxborough, Massachusetts, injuring four children in a daycare center inside the building. The two occupants of the van, including the driver, were not injured in the incident. The van was not owned by the YMCA but appeared to belong to an outside vendor, and the driver is cooperating fully with the investigators.
Van Crashes into Foxborough YMCA Day Care, Injuring Four Children
A van crashed into the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Foxborough location, injuring four of five children at the day care center inside. Police Chief Michael Grace reported receiving multiple 911 calls around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday regarding the incident at 67 Mechanic St., known as the Invensys Foxborough Branch.
Fire Chief Michael Kelleher confirmed the injured children, all under five years old, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. These were primarily soft-tissue injuries from broken glass. Among the injured, one child had more serious injuries and was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, for added precaution.
The van had two occupants, including the driver, who were uninjured. It took crews hours to remove the van from the building because it struck a bollard, a sturdy post, before crashing into the day care center. Jim Downs, CEO of Hockomock Area YMCA, believes the bollard likely saved lives.
The driver, employed by Amego—an organization supporting individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities—remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. “I’m relieved our client and our employee are both OK. I hope for the best for the families involved,” stated John Randall, Amego’s CEO.
According to Chief Grace, the van does not belong to the YMCA but appears to be an outside vendor’s vehicle, possibly used for transporting children to the YMCA. The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section is assisting in the crash investigation.
The Foxborough Police shared on Facebook that the building commissioner assessed the YMCA building’s safety and integrity. The Hockomock Area YMCA announced on social media that its Foxborough location would remain closed for the rest of the day and reopen at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Jim Downs confirmed that officials reassured about the building’s structural integrity, permitting the organization to resume services.
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