‘They found her underneath the bookshelf’: 3 toddlers airlifted after car crashes into Santa Clarita day care

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Three children were airlifted to a hospital after a car crashed into a day care center in the Saugus neighborhood of Santa Clarita Monday, officials said.

The vehicle crashed into a one-story structure at 28041 Seco Canyon Road, where La Petite Academy is located, around 4:40 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The impact shattered concrete and glass, knocking over bookcases in the room where toddlers were playing.

Three children, all under the age of 4, were hospitalized as a precautionary measure only, and they sustained minor injuries, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said.

Sky5 aerial video showed a helicopter airlifting a child in a car seat, as authorities conducted an investigation. A white Honda Pilot could be seen parked across the damaged part of the building.

Two-year-old Shayna Adler was one of the children rushed to the hospital, her parents said.

“She was on the other side of that wall. She was the kid that it landed on. … They found her underneath the bookshelf,” Shayna’s father, Steve Adler, said as he carried his daughter outside the scene later Monday. “She’s OK. A little scratched up but that’s about it.”

Shayna’s mother is a doctor who works nearby, and she raced to the scene when she learned what happened.

“The other children are just fine,” Allison Adler, Shayna’s mother, said. “She went first and then the other two children went in the other helicopter. They were just fine, both doing fine. I said goodbye to the moms.”

The driver of the SUV has not been identified. Allison says day care staff told her it was someone’s grandmother who’d come to pick up her grandkids.

As for little Shayna, her father says she appears pretty unfazed.

“You got to ride in the helicopter. Right sweetie?” he said while looking to his daughter. “She was singing the whole time.”

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