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Shelby County parents question school system after two students injured in school bus crash

Parents questioned Shelby County Schools after two students were injured in a school bus crash. Parents questioned Shelby County Schools after two students were injured in a school bus crash.
Action News 5 was on the scene at Shelby Oaks Drive as stranded students waited to be treated. Action News 5 was on the scene at Shelby Oaks Drive as stranded students waited to be treated.
Shelby County Schools spokesperson Stephanie Everson said the bus driver was making a right turn when she hit a red Chevy Impala. Shelby County Schools spokesperson Stephanie Everson said the bus driver was making a right turn when she hit a red Chevy Impala.

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Parents questioned Shelby County Schools after two students were injured in a school bus crash, Monday.

Action News 5 was on the scene at Shelby Oaks Drive as stranded students waited to be treated.

Meanwhile, parents said the school system needs to get a handle on the bus situation that's been a problem since school began this fall.

Shelby Oaks Elementary school parent Jerterica Birgs said her son was hurt when his school bus slammed into a car on their way home.

"He said ‘my head hurt,'" she said. "I looked at it he had a slit going down his head and a big knot."

Birgs and other parents believe school officials should have handled things differently.

"They didn't send the alert," parent Janique Davis said. "They didn't call no parent they didn't let us know nothing."

Shelby County Schools spokesperson Stephanie Everson said the bus driver was making a right turn when she hit a red Chevy Impala. Everson also said the assistant principal called parents personally to inform them.

"When my daughter called me and told me what was going on I said Lord be with my kids," Quantrice Mason said. "I hope that nobody's kids get hurt on the bus."

Several ambulances and fire trucks made the scene to make sure the children were ok. Two children were transported to LeBonheur Children's Hospital with injuries. The rest were checked by paramedics.

Some of the parents claim there have been problems with this bus since school started.

"It's overwhelming because every week it's a different bus driver," Mason said.

"The bus driver constantly pulls off," said Birgs. "It don't be no slow pull off and the kids don't be sitting down they don't pay attention to them kids."

Everson said she can't speak on the parents' complaints because they haven't heard of any complaints about the school buses.

She suggests the parents contact the Transportation Department about their concerns.

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