Gilbert PD: 1 dead, 10 hurt after car crashes into business

GILBERT, AZ - Authorities said one person has died and 10 others were injured after a car crashed into a Gilbert medical institute classroom Friday morning.

Gilbert police said a vehicle slammed into the Pima Medical Institute near Baseline and Power roads around 10 a.m.

Authorities said the 87-year-old driver struck a parked car before slamming into the building.

Mark Luebke, president of the Pima Medical Institute, said the vehicle drove into a classroom, where a massage therapy class was being held. The school is known for training Emergency Medical Technicians, Registered Nurses and massage therapists.

Luebke said there were eight students and one instructor inside the building when the Infinity sedan crashed through the large windows beneath a light blue awning and into the classroom. One student was killed, he said.

Lt. John Lyle of the Gilbert Police Department  said a female driver and a passenger were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Nine others also were treated, including four who were taken to the hospital with more serious injuries. One suffered broken bones, he said. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

It is unclear at this time what caused the driver to crash into the building. City engineers have been called out to the crash site to evaluate the building's structure.

Police said impairment is not believed to be a factor in the crash.


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