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Minivan Crashes Into Livingston Tutoring Center Monday Night

'It sounded like thunder.'

A gray Toyota Sienna crashed into the storefront of Kumon Math And Reading Center of Livingston, at 95 E. Mount Pleasant Ave., around 7:30 p.m. Monday.
A gray Toyota Sienna crashed into the storefront of Kumon Math And Reading Center of Livingston, at 95 E. Mount Pleasant Ave., around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

A minivan careened into a Livingston tutoring center where students and parents were inside early Monday evening.

A gray Toyota Sienna crashed into the storefront of Kumon Math And Reading Center of Livingston, at 95 E. Mount Pleasant Ave., around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The minivan came to a rest with its front end inside the large panel window of the tutoring center’s waiting room, where about five parents were at the time of the crash, according to eyewitnesses. 

“It sounded like thunder,” said Kathy Lee, the owner of Kumon Math And Reading Center of Livingston, who was in the rear of the business when the minivan collided with the building. 

Shortly after Livingston police and firemen arrived, they could be seen extricating a woman driver from the Toyota Sienna, which appeared to be the only occupant.

After the driver was removed from the car, she was placed on a stretcher and put into a Livingston First Aid Squad ambulance. 

Lee said there were about 15 parents and students inside the tutoring center at the time of the crash, and no one inside appeared hurt. 

After veering from the roadway, the minivan traveled about 30 feet to the front of the building, hopping the curb and barreling over a landscaped area of small shrubbery in the process. 

Bhaein Shah, 17, was outside the building taking pictures on his cellphone as a tow truck was attempting to remove the minivan. Shah said he was in the rear of tutoring center with his mother Dipti at the time of the crash.

“It was a huge crash" is what it sounded like from inside the tutoring center, said Shah, who is a Livingston High School student.

After the crash, both Bhaein Shah and his mother were able to safely walk out of the business' front door with the rest of the people inside. 

Police and firemen at the scene did not comment on the crash. Stg. Anthony Dippold, the spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, was also unable to be reached for comment Monday night. 

Ellenppi January 13, 2014 at 09:46 PM
Luckily no one is hurt.

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