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Pickup truck crashes into Laurel Middle School

Posted at 9:22 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 12:33:23-04

A pickup truck crashed into the Laurel Middle School, damaging the building and sending the driver to the hospital.

The truck went through the front entrance of the school around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses tell police the vehicle went into reverse at the intersection of East 8th Street and Washington Avenue.

The driver then gunned it, going over the curb onto the lawn, over another curb and lawn before hitting the building.

Laurel Police Officer Chase Rasmussen says school surveillance video shows the man hunched over the steering wheel, but say he was conscious and breathing when officers arrived.

An ambulance took the him to the hospital.

Laurel Schools Superintendent Linda Filpula said the entrance will be supported and boarded up.

There is damage to a post in the cafeteria area.

At this time, Filpula does not have an estimate on how long it will take to repair the building.