LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A van sat half in, half out of Vinton Elementary School Wednesday afternoon after it barreled through a wall.
Around 4 p.m., Lafayette Police Department crews were sent to Elmwood Avenue on a report of a car that had crashed into Vinton Elementary School.
According to police, a silver mini-van was traveling north on Elmwood when the driver said his brakes went out.
Police say the driver hit a fire hydrant, lost control and drove into the elementary school's wall.
In photos, you can see a large section of wall was crumbling away after the crash. However, officials say there was no structural damage done to the rest of the building.
Three people were in the van at the time. Minor cuts were reported but medical treatment was refused at the scene.
The driver was taken into custody by police for a license violation. Police said Wednesday evening that violation was driving on a suspended license with a prior.
Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Les Huddle said the elementary school had already released students to go home for the day when the van crashed into the building.
"We're very fortunate that it happened late after school, approximately an hour after dismissal, so there was no adult, no kids in the classroom. We've got no students or adults hurt," said Huddle.
Huddle said city officials took a look at the damage, which was contained to a kindergarten classroom. He said the level of damage done to the building will not keep students from attending their classes as normal Thursday.
"Mrs. Preston, the principal here, already has a plan of where to move the kids. They're going to be right next door," said Huddle.
Police say the electricity and water were shut off within the school because a water pipe was broken in the crash.
Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. Because the brakes went out and there are no skid marks, officers have not been able to determine how fast the driver was going when he crashed.
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