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>>

  • breaking

    MPD investigates double homicide on W. Peebles Rd.

    MPD investigates double homicide on W. Peebles Rd.

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:53 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:53:35 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Memphis Police Department is investigating a possible double homicide on West Peebles Road.  

    More >>

    Memphis Police Department is investigating a double homicide on West Peebles Road.  A major with the MPD confirmed that two people are dead after a shooting.  We're hearing from multiple family members that a brother of one of the victims, a 62-year-old man, said the two men got into an argument. One opened fire, hitting the first victim. He then went out to his car, came back to the home and shot the other man, killing him. We have a crew on the scene and updat...

    More >>
  • TN lawmakers speak on failed healthcare bill

    TN lawmakers speak on failed healthcare bill

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:44 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:44:57 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Tennessee lawmakers are sharing their thoughts on Friday’s failed healthcare bill overhauling Obamacare.  

    More >>

    Tennessee lawmakers are sharing their thoughts on Friday’s failed healthcare bill overhauling Obamacare.  

    More >>
  • Tri-State Defender celebrates 65 years

    Tri-State Defender celebrates 65 years

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:30 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:30:41 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    A longtime newspaper in the Mid-South is celebrating a big milestone. The Tri-State Defender celebrated its 65th anniversary with a Leaders and Legends gala on Saturday night. 

    More >>

    A longtime newspaper in the Mid-South is celebrating a big milestone. The Tri-State Defender celebrated its 65th anniversary with a Leaders and Legends gala on Saturday night. 

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Driver sought in crash that killed three children

    Driver sought in crash that killed three children

    Sunday, March 26 2017 2:11 AM EDT2017-03-26 06:11:41 GMT
    File photoFile photo

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who ran away from the scene of a deadly crash in George County. Three children were killed in the crash. Troopers said a green 2003 Kia Optima was heading east on Highway 198, east of Depot Road, shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    More >>

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who ran away from the scene of a deadly crash in George County. Three children were killed in the crash. Troopers said a green 2003 Kia Optima was heading east on Highway 198, east of Depot Road, shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly