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GARDEN CITY, Kan. – It only takes a second. Leaving a child unattended in a car near a Kansas school on Tuesday could have had tragic results, but fortunately, no one was injured.

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A 3-year-old managed to get out of his car seat and climbed into the driver’s seat of a vehicle while a woman left the car unattended with two children inside, according to the Garden City Police Department. The woman left the Chrysler Town and Country to pick up her other children at school at about 3:55 p.m. CDT, according to KSN.

That is when the child slipped out of his car seat, put the vehicle into gear and stepped on the accelerator, sending the car lurching forward into a parked Honda Civic, the television station reported.

The force of the crash pushed the Civic onto the sidewalk and into the grass, police said. The Chrysler continued north and struck the southeast corner of Gertrude Walker Elementary School.

Neither child was injured, and other children and parents in the area also escaped injury, police said.

Both vehicles received extensive damage and were towed from the area, KSN reported.

The damage to the school was estimated to be more than $5,000, police said.