4 kids injured in day care van rollover - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

4 kids injured in day care van rollover

Only one child was strapped into a car seat. The other three kids were strapped in the car without booster seats. Only one child was strapped into a car seat. The other three kids were strapped in the car without booster seats.
Witnesses say the driver jumped the curb for no apparent reason. Witnesses say the driver jumped the curb for no apparent reason.

(WMC-TV) - Four children were injured, one of them ejected from a window, when a day care van flipped over on Lamar Avenue and Roland Street.

The van, which belongs to Taylor's Learning Academy in Midtown, was the only vehicle involved in the accident Friday morning.

Police say a 31-year-old Christopher Moore was driving four children, all of whom were younger than 5 years old, when he lost control, hit a power pole, and flipped upside down onto the sidewalk.

Only one child was strapped into a car seat. The other three kids were strapped in the car without booster seats.

"We had one in a seatbelt and the other three were strapped on the seat. So only one car seat was in the van," said Lt. Col. Wardell Smith, Memphis Police Department. "They should have had four car seats ... They're required to have car seats in the van for any children in the van under a certain age."

The age cutoff is 4 years old and the weight cutoff is 40 pounds.

Susan Helms of Safe Kids Mid-South has no connection to Friday's day care van rollover, but she knows the scene all too well.

"It's alarming anytime I hear a child was not secured in a child safety seat," said Helms. "You have no upper-body protection and then you fly right through to the driver, to another passenger in the vehicle or maybe out of the car."

Paramedics rushed driver Christopher Moore away in a gurney. He told police he does not know how or why the crash happened, but he thinks he may have "blacked out."

Witnesses say the driver jumped the curb for no apparent reason.

All of the children are in non-critical condition at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

Because the daycare is relatively new, it has no rating with the Department of Human Services.

Taylor's Learning Academy is licensed to take in 53 children ages six months old to 12.

"Certainly child care centers have a responsibility to make sure their transportation is as safe as possible," said Helms. "You don't have much of a chance if you're not properly buckled."

Moore is charged with three counts of violating the child restraint law, failing to have proof of insurance and failing to maintain proper control of the van.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • Holly Springs man gunned down 1 week before wedding

    Holly Springs man gunned down 1 week before wedding

    Saturday, April 29 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-04-30 03:47:19 GMT
    Terry Halloway (Source: submission)Terry Halloway (Source: submission)

    Police in Holly Springs are investigating after a man was shot and killed early Saturday morning in the area of West College Avenue near McKinney Street.

    More >>

    Police in Holly Springs are investigating after a man was shot and killed early Saturday morning in the area of West College Avenue near McKinney Street.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT: Timing for weekend rain and storms

    FIRST ALERT: Timing for weekend rain and storms

    Saturday, April 29 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-04-30 03:43:14 GMT
    There will be a couple of rounds of showers and storms this weekend.  * Storms continue overnight * Windy & mild * Flash flooding possible A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect Sunday 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. Watch out for flash flooding, as 1-3 inches and locally higher amounts may be seen throughout the day Sunday, mainly from Memphis west into AR. TONIGHT: Scattered showers and overnight storms. Windy and warm. Winds: S 15-25 mph. Low: 71. THIS WEEKEND:&...More >>
    There will be a couple of rounds of showers and storms this weekend.  * Storms continue overnight * Windy & mild * Flash flooding possible A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect Sunday 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. Watch out for flash flooding, as 1-3 inches and locally higher amounts may be seen throughout the day Sunday, mainly from Memphis west into AR. TONIGHT: Scattered showers and overnight storms. Windy and warm. Winds: S 15-25 mph. Low: 71. THIS WEEKEND:&...More >>
  • Mr. Belding meets fans at Redbirds game

    Mr. Belding meets fans at Redbirds game

    Saturday, April 29 2017 11:39 PM EDT2017-04-30 03:39:58 GMT

    Dennis Haskins, who played the principal America fell in love with on "Saved By The Bell," was at the Memphis Redbirds game greeting fans as part of a 90s night promotion. 

    More >>

    Dennis Haskins, who played the principal America fell in love with on "Saved By The Bell," was at the Memphis Redbirds game greeting fans as part of a 90s night promotion. 

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:31:34 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly