Three children and one senior were injured when a car crashed into the front of the Face-à-Face daycare on St-Martin Boulevard West in Laval, Que., around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Stéphane Smith, chief of operations at Urgences Santé, said first responders treated one child who had been trapped under the vehicle.

"When we arrived, the child was already pulled out from under the car, and paramedics were able to take charge quickly," Smith said.


A father holds his three-year-old daughter, who was napping when the car crashed through the wall of Face-à-Face daycare in Chomedey, Laval. (Radio-Canada)

The three children who were hurt — two three-year-old girls and one four-year-old girl — were transported to Sainte-Justine children's hospital in Montreal and are in stable condition.

"Two are healthy — one of them we've given his departure from the emergency. The third patient is in a bit more of a critical situation, although she's stable," said Dr. Antonio D'Angelo, emergency room supervisor.

The girl suffered serious injuries to her face, but doctors do not fear for her life.

Shocked parents

Parents rushed to the daycare to pick up their children as soon as they heard the news.

'I feel much better — I have my daughter in my hands.' — Leandro Barreca, father

"I'm shocked," said Mike Bifsha, whose daughter was in the classroom at the front of the daycare — where the car rammed inside.

"So far she's fine, but I'm thinking of the other parents too," he said.

Laval police sent out a Twitter message saying they had contacted all the parents of children taken to hospital.

Police also set up an information line for parents: 514-231-8912.

"I feel much better — I have my daughter in my hands," said Leandro Barreca, whose four-year-old daughter attends Face-à-Face daycare.

"The first five minutes were really dramatic. I didn't know what to think."

The driver of the vehicle was an 80-year-old woman, who was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Laval police Const. Franco Di Genova said it appears the driver meant to reverse but drove forward instead.

Investigators will meet with the woman to determine why the crash happened.

Face-à-Face is a bilingual daycare operated by Christina Strigas in the Laval neighbourhood of Chomedey.

Another nearby daycare, Garderie Apprendre et Apprecier, took in 27 children from Face-à-Face.

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  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that two boys and one girl were sent to the hospital. The story has been updated to reflect that all three of the children were girls.
    Nov 13, 2013 9:05 AM ET