EL DORADO, Kan. (KAKE) -- An SUV lost control and slammed into a school administration building in El Dorado yesterday, injuring the driver as well as the school district's superintendent.
Shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, a GMC Yukon was traveling east on Central Avenue in El Dorado. As the driver attempted to turn north onto Gordy Street, police say he failed to negotiate the turn and struck the west side of the USD 490 building located at 124 W. Central.
The 80-year-old driver was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. His current condition is unknown.
The USD 490 superintendent, Sue Givens, was inside the building and was injured by flying debris. Below is a note from Givens posted on the school district's Facebook page:
Following the accident at the district office yesterday afternoon, calls and notes of concern and support have been overwhelming. 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." Thank you.
Sue Givens, Superintendent
El Dorado Public Schools USD 490