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Residents happy to avoid playground crash

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane County deputies said some kids at a Spokane Valley apartment complex are lucky to have avoided a mini van crashing into their playground Thursday night.

Deputies said the mini van hopped the curve at the Parkside apartments around 3:15 p.m. and went straight into the playground. Tenants said the area is normally packed with kids, but for some reason no one was around when the playground came tumbling down.

Investigators said the 62-year-old woman driving the van had a medical condition and lost control of the vehicle.

Residents happy to avoid playground crash

"The car literally flew up. One of the guys that saw it said she was so airborne, she flew up and she landed right on there," said tenant Laura Bonneville.

Bonneville said had she would have been playing with her 3-year-old granddaughter in the same area but for some reason she wasn't there when the vehicle came flying through.

"I just thank God or we would have been right in the middle of it," said Bonneville.

Residents said dozens of other kids could have been in the area. However, the nearby pool was closed for maintenance the past three days, which likely played a part in keeping kids away from the area.

A thought Bonneville said she can't stand to bare.

"I'm hoping maybe to start something where we could raise money to have big rocks prevent this. You have a straight shot here," said Bonneville.

Now that the playground is destroyed, kids will have to search for other ways to fill their summer days.

"We'll probably have to stay home and play video games. Or try to ride my bike (and) get some exercise," said 11-year-old resident John Greever.