Police: High-schooler on lunch break crashes into elementary school playground

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Police say a high-schooler on lunch break crashed into an elementary school playground Thursday.

The crash occurred at Willow Road School around 10:30 a.m.

A News 12 viewer sent a picture showing the car under a swing set, just feet away from the elementary school building.

Investigators say two Valley Stream North High School students who were on lunch break were inside the car when the crash occurred. They say the car hit a sign at the corner of Shelburne and Catalpa Drive, went through the fence and came to a stop under the swings.

Police say when the crash happened, there weren't any kids on the playground, but the parents say it might have been a different story if it happened just a few minutes later.

Authorities tell News 12 no one was hurt, but the incident did prompt a response from the state Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response division.

The DEC says about 15 gallons of gasoline was spilled and crews dug out enough contaminated soil to fill six 55-gallon drums.

One parent says he thinks he knows why the crash happened.

"It's all because of (Valley Stream) North (High School) around the block," Frank Polizzi from Franklin Square. "They packed that school so much that they can't even house the kids there to eat lunch, they have to send them out because there's no room in that school for them to eat there."

An official cause of the crash has not been released, but school officials do say it will be a while before the playground is back open.

The DEC says it is monitoring the cleanup.

In a phone message to parents, the superintendent for the Willow Road School says there will be extensive cleanup and repairs.

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