UPDATE: Young accident victims listed in stable condition

SALTILLO – Two of five children involved in a Monday afternoon SUV accident were upgraded to stable condition Tuesday.
According to Saltillo Police Chief Steve Brooks, the children were doing better Tuesday. The two children were taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center after the SUV they were traveling in with seven other people flipped several times and they were thrown from the car.
Brooks said the children’s grandmother said one of them had to have surgery Tuesday morning, but was in stable condition.
The one-vehicle accident happened at about 3 p.m. on Highway 45 just south of the Saltillo exit Monday. Witnesses said they saw the white SUV flip several times.
Although no charges have been filed against the parents of the children, Brooks said police are looking into possibly citing them with child restraint violations which is a misdemeanor. He said they won’t be taken to jail, but will have to go to court to pay the tickets.
“It’s really bad to see parents riding around with their children unrestrained,” said Brooks. “A state trooper who was passing when the accident happened said he saw the child go out of the window. Had they followed the law and buckled everyone up then these children may not have been hurt so badly.”
Only two of the five children in the SUV were wearing seat belts, a 7- year-old and a 9-month-old. Neither parent was wearing a seat belt.
The children ranged from ages 9 months old to 9 years old.

Danza Johnson / NEMS Daily Journal