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 improving after the accident on U.S. Highway 45.
They were taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis after the SUV they were traveling in with five other people blew a tire and flipped several times.
The two children were thrown from the car.
According to Brooks, the children’s grandmother said one of them had to have surgery Tuesday morning, but was in stable condition.
The one-vehicle accident happened about 3 p.m. on U.S. 45 just south of the Saltillo exit. Witnesses said they saw the white SUV carrying the Booneville family 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 would 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.”
Police did not release any names of the family members.
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.
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