The snow caused lots of driving issues today, but an accident at 2:50 p.m. not only sent the driver to the hospital but also damaged the USD 490 Central Office and injured Superintendent Sue Givens.
According to the report, officers with the El Dorado Police Department responded to a report of an injury accident in the 100 block of West Central. Investigating officers discovered a 2002 GMC Yukon driven by an 80-year-old male had been traveling east on snow packed Central Avenue.
The vehicle attempted to turn north onto Gordy Street. The vehicle failed to negotiate the turn and struck the west side of the U.S.D 490 building located at 124 W. Central. The driver was found to be in serious condition and was transported by EMS to a hospital.
The interior area of impact to the U.S.D. 490 building was occupied by U.S.D staff. Givens reported a non-life threatening injury caused by flying debris. She was taken by her husband to the hospital with minor injuries.
"Following the accident at the district office yesterday afternoon, calls and notes of concern and support have been overwhelming," Givens said. "Please know that I was very fortunate. I am very bruised and sore, but have no serious injuries as a result of the vehicle crashing through the office wall as I worked at my desk. Jackie Clark, our Board Clerk, was in the office at the time and reacted quickly. Our excellent El Dorado emergency services, police and fire department arrived on the scene almost immediately. Our good neighbors at the ICI Office supported us as crews worked the scene and our district maintenance staff dealt with the chaos of my office and securing the building. Staff at Susan B Allen were caring and comforting as they assessed my injuries. School Board members and administrative staff and colleagues have rushed to assist, support and tend to any need.
"What impressed me most however, was the feeling of community. I am comforted and proud to live in a town where people still take pride in knowing and caring for their neighbors. Lucky for me, I was the neighbor you cared for today. I know the same concern goes out to the gentleman driving the vehicle and I hope you will keep him in your prayers. Today, I feel blessed to have survived a very bizarre accident and even more blessed to be superintendent in a community that people proudly call 'hometown.'"
The current condition of the driver is unknown at this time. The events leading up to the accident are also unknown.