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4 kids injured in day care van rollover

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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.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(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.

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