2 children hospitalized after car crashes into Chapel Hill playground outside Northside Elementary

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- Chapel Hill Police are investigating after a car crashed into a playground outside Northside Elementary School on Tuesday.

Two children who were on the playground were injured and were taken to UNC Hospitals. The driver was also taken to UNC for treatment.

Officials told ABC11 late Tuesday night that the children and the driver are all expected to recover.

The wreck happened about 4 p.m. when the vehicle crashed through a fence and struck playground equipment. There were 20 children on the playground at the time of the crash.

Another child was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Chapel Hill Police Crisis Counselors are assisting the families involved.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools told ABC11 that all the children on the playground were participating in the Community Schools After School Program. The students ranged in age from 5 to 9. It's not immediately known whether some attended Northside.

Ebony and Tiffany Riley, sisters with three children combined at Northside Elementary, described the incident as "crazy" and "traumatizing."

"We ran outside in the parking lot. We didn't see anything and we went to go get my daughter from after school and that's when we saw all the cops pull up and everything," said the sisters, who live across the street. "We hope they pull through and their injuries are not serious and for the driver as well. Whoever that driver is, we hope that they're OK as well because this couldn't be on purpose."

The incident remains under investigation.

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