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Chiba nursery teacher injured while protecting kids after car driven by 65-year-old plows into park

JIJI, Kyodo

A 30-year-old teacher at a nursery school was seriously injured while protecting a group of children from a car that crashed into a park in Chiba Prefecture on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s accident occurred at around 10:25 a.m. as five 2-year-olds were playing in a sandbox along with two nursery teachers at the park in Ichihara, according to local police.

After the car broke through the perimeter fence and plowed into the park, the teacher helped some of the children escape danger by pushing them out of the car’s path. She was then hit by the car, and suffered a broken right leg. None of the toddlers were injured in the incident.

Police arrested the driver, Takashi Sensui, 65, on the spot. He claimed that he was trying to pay the parking fee at an exit of a coin-operated lot across the street from the park when the car suddenly started moving forward. He said he had his foot on the brake pedal, police sources said.

“We were really shocked because we always take the children to the park,” said an official of a firm that runs the nursery school. “We are extremely relieved that the children are alright.”