IVINS – Students and parents were in for a bit of a scare Monday afternoon when a woman lost control of her vehicle in a school carpool lane and, according to witnesses, barreled through kids waiting to be picked up.
Autumn Reid said her husband was picking up their kids at approximately 3 p.m. at Vista Charter School, located at 585 E. Center St. in Ivins, when the incident occurred.
“She hit a car, then drove over 200 feet through children waiting to be picked up, then hit a chain-link fence by the crosswalk,” Reid said in an email to St. George News.
Reid added there were more than 80 kids in the woman’s path.
In another email to St. George News, Dawn Wright also described the incident:
“… a driver ran through the carpool lane hitting cars, sending students running, screaming, and jumping out of the way, and eventually smashing into the playground fence … “
Santa Clara-Ivins City Police Officer Chad Holt said the incident was a single-vehicle accident, mostly involving a chain-link fence, and that the woman didn’t hit any kids during the ordeal.
“It was either a vehicle error or operator error – more likely operator error,” Holt said.
The woman claimed there may have been something wrong with the vehicle such as brake failure, Holt said, or that it was possible she could have accidentally hit the gas.
“She wasn’t impaired in any way, though,” he said, “but she was just nervous.”
No injuries were reported, Holt said. The only damage sustained during the incident was to the chain-link fence, he said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and witnesses and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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