Police look into what caused vehicle to strike Elk River middle school

Students looked on as emergency Crews worked with a motorist involved in the crash.

Students looked on as emergency Crews worked with a motorist involved in the crash.

Elk River Police and Fire responded to VandenBerge Middle School on a report of two-vehicle personal injury accident on Wednesday night.

Emergency personnel arrived about 5:30 p.m. to find one vehicle smashed up against the brick wall to the west of the main entrance. The driver of that vehicle was transported to a hospital. She was able to get out of the vehicle on her own before being placed on a stretcher and taken to a nearby ambulance.

The impact the crash busted a glass door and the exterior brick wall, but a school administrator who arrived on the scene after being alerted to the crash said it was unclear how significant the structural damage to the school was.

Another vehicle, which had been parked along the curb, was up on the sidewalk facing the parking lot while police arrived. The driver of that vehicle was uninjured.

The woman whose car was struck said she suspected the woman had a medical issue at the time of the crash.  She said it did not appear the motorist made any attempt to slow down or stop before hitting her car or the school.

People on scene expressed thankfulness that dancers who were practicing inside the school had not been released to come out to the parking lot yet.

Police are investigating what caused the driver of the first vehicle to strike the parked vehicle and veer off into the school.

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