MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Multiple children were taken to the hospital following a crash in Memphis.
Memphis police and the Memphis Fire Department were called to scene at Airways and Lowell Avenue.
Police said a car ran a red light, causing the crash and sending two adults and five children to the hospital for medical attention.
Three ambulances went to Le Bonheur from the accident and five students required medical attention.
There were multiple cars involved and one car was ticketed, which was not the bus driver.
One of the cars ran a red light, causing the crash, officials said. That car fled the scene.
The bus was serving Magnolia Elementary.
There is little data about whether school buses are safer with seat belts on it, but members of the National Safety Council said seat belts are the only way to save lives.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2008 and 2017, more than 1,200 people were killed in school-transportation-related crashes.
That’s an average of 124 deaths a year.
In November 2016, six children died in a school bus crash in Chattanooga.
During a crash, officials said there really isn’t a safest place on a school bus.
“It really depends on where a vehicle is struck and where the external pressure is on that vehicle as to where safety may be most compromised and where the safest spots are,” said Jane Terry, the National Safety Council Vice President of Government Affairs.
The National Safety Council said the safest position on a school bus is facing forward and preferably with a seat belt on.
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