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Vehicle crashes into Walnut Trails classroom

District was on break, but woman taken to hospital

SHOREWOOD — A woman who lost consciousness crashed her vehicle into a Walnut Trails Elementary School classroom Wednesday afternoon.

If it wasn’t winter break, there would have been students in the classroom, Principal Kathleen Cheshareck said. There was no one in the classroom at the time of the accident.

Walnut Trails is a part of Minooka Community Consolidated School District 201.

“We’re thankful no one was here,” she said.

According to Shorewood Police Commander Eric Allen, the accident appears to be medically related.

The call came in at 12:26 p.m. on Wednesday when the 37-year-old woman lost consciousness on Parkside Drive in Walnut Trails Subdivision, said Allen. The SUV’s driver left the road, drove through a yard and across an open grassy area at the north end of the school before hitting the building.

The driver was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure, a captain at the Troy Fire Protection District said.

The driver was not trapped, and the vehicle door was open once emergency responders were on the scene. Superintendent, Al Gegenheimer received a call shortly after noon advising him of the accident, he said.

“The good news is we didn’t have any children present, we feel very fortunate,” he said.

The vehicle took out two windows in a kindergarten classroom and severely damaged the in-room ventilating system.

“It drove through a field and drove into our kindergarten hallway,” Cheshareck said. “There is structural and water damage right now.”

There are no estimates on the damage yet, but the classroom will probably be unusable until spring, Gegenheimer said.

Cheshareck said the damage would not cause school to be delayed once students were back from break, and that the classroom would be moved to another room that is currently open.

Herald Correspondent Kris Stadalsky contributed.

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