A loaded tractor-trailer slammed into a church day care center Tuesday, April 9, near Birmingham, Alabama. The day care center in Tarrant, Alabama was occupied by 49 children and seven caregivers at the time of the crash. None were injured, but five people in cars outside the facility were. Two were taken to a hospital.
Authorities have not identified the driver or given a reason for the accident, which occurred at the Precious Seeds Learning Center at the Mustard Seed Faith Cathedral on Cedar Street and Highway 79. The tractor-trailer reportedly collided with a dump truck before leaving Highway 79 and striking the church.
WBRC-TV reports, “Cody Pruitt works nearby, heard the crash, and ran to help. Once he saw everyone in the daycare was ok, he turned his attention to the truck driver.
“’Two other guys were already there. We helped them pin the door back to start helping the guy that driving the truck come out. Actually came out under his own power,” said Pruitt. “The first thing he asked was, were any of the kids hurt?’”
“All the children are safe.” -C. Leonard has an update for parents looking to pick up their children after the 18-wheeler crash into a daycare. @WBRCnews @WBRCgoodday pic.twitter.com/5VpyrV2ZYO— Bakari Savage (@BakariSavage) April 9, 2019
“It’s scattered, everywhere.” -L. Dunner describes her state of mind after picking up her 1-year-old from the daycare where the 18-wheeler crashed through. @WBRCnews @WBRCgoodday pic.twitter.com/Ns5yNL1McX— Bakari Savage (@BakariSavage) April 9, 2019