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Overnight crash damages elementary school

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) - Police are still searching for a person who ran into Cunningham Elementary School early Thursday morning.

The crash happened about 3 a.m. Thursday morning when a car managed to avoid the concrete barriers and crash into the school.

The concrete barriers in front of the school were put in place after a similar crash happened in 2013.

Brady Woolsey, the executive director of operations for WFISD, said the maintenance crews were at the building quickly and had the classroom cleaned up before the sun even came up. After the classroom was cleaned, the maintenance crew began putting a temporary wall in place.

"We are putting up a wall inside so we can engage with some contractors to come out and do some masonry work," Woolsey said. "Where the car hit it did not impact a structural support."

The students in that classroom have been moved into the library and will probably be there for a couple of days. Woolsey said right now there is no timetable for when the contractors may begin working on repairing the actual wall. 

Sgt. Harold McClure with WFPD said the driver left before the police arrived and there are no injuries they are aware of. The case is still under investigation.

This is the second time that part of the school has been damaged by a vehicle.

Back in 2013, an SUV crashed into Cunningham Elementary sending the driver to the hospital. 

Police said that crash was caused by a 74-year-old man who was having a medical condition, causing him to run through a stop sign. 

Luckily, no students were in the classroom because it was the Labor Day holiday. It was after the crash that the school system installed the concrete barriers to prevent future incidents.


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