Car crashes into Pelham Bay preschool

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A Pelham Bay preschool was forced to close its doors Thursday after a car crashed into a building--landing just feet away from where kids were learning in their classrooms.

It was a scary sight for parents at Steppingstone Day School. Parents say they were called to pick up their children shortly after dropping them off.

According to police, a Chevy Equinox was trying to pull into a parking space when instead it ended up crashing into the side of the school on 2826 Westchester Ave.

The city's Department of Buildings says the impact damaged a door and a wall inside the building.

Parents say they are just grateful that it happened after the morning drop-off. "You know it's scary when your child is in the front of the school and their classrooms is one of the first classrooms. So it's a little nerve-wracking, but they were all OK," a parent told News 12.

Police say the driver was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi with minor injuries.

The school declined to comment on the crash. Parents say they were told not to bring their kids back until after the holiday weekend.

Crews from the DOB also responded to the scene to assess the damage. They say there was no structural damage to the building. Work is already underway to make those necessary repairs.

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