Four students released from hospital after Jeep crashes into Barclay Elementary

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Photo via Baltimore City Fire Department/Twitter

Four Barclay Elementary sixth-graders have been released from the hospital after a Jeep crashed into their music classroom this morning.

A statement from Baltimore City Public Schools said a fifth student injured in the incident remains hospitalized.

“Our thoughts are with them and their families, and with the driver,” the statement said.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. Friday morning, according to a tweet from the Baltimore City Fire Department. Photos showed the driver, who remains hospitalized, drove straight through a wall and into the classroom.

Baltimore police are investigating why the driver wound up crashing through the wall. Det. Jeremy Silbert told Baltimore Fishbowl he hadn’t received any updates as of 2:30 p.m. But according to WBAL-TV’s Lowell Meiser, fire officials said the driver suffered a medical emergency.

“Debris was flying; the bricks were flying everywhere when the car flew through the door. It was really scary,” one student told the TV station.

Fortunately, facilities staff found that the building at 2900 Barclay Street wasn’t structurally damaged. They will be working over the weekend “to make sure that the building is ready and safe for students on Monday,” City Schools said.

Counselors will remain available to students and staffers experiencing anxiety from the crash, the school system said.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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