UPDATE: Memphis Police say two children are in critical condition. Two others were injured; one was taken to LeBonheur and another to Regional One Health, both in non-critical condition.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two people, including one child, were taken to the hospital after being involved in a crash with a school bus.

According to the Memphis Fire Department, the crash happened near East Shelby Drive between Tchulahoma and Swinnea. A total of 30 kids were on the bus, heading to Oakhaven Middle and High School.

17-year-old Jimmy Mendoza is one of the 30 students aboard the school bus.

“The bus was just making a turn and then out of nowhere that SUV just came and smacked it,” Mendoza said.

An MPD official on the scene said the bus was pulling out of the Village Mobile Home Park when the SUV came up behind them. The SUV reportedly swerved into a tree and then bounced into the bus.

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“We know that one of the kids in the car was around three years old and he got taken to the hospital,” said Karman Grigsby, a witness. “Seeing that three-year-old screaming and crying, I just really hope that he’s ok.”

Memphis Police Department says preliminary information indicates the bus driver turned onto Shelby Drive after picking up a group of kids when the SUV lost control. It’s unclear if the driver of the SUV was speeding.

“At first, I didn’t feel it. But then when they told us to get up and stuff like my head started feeling dizzy and then my neck started hurting,” Mendoza said.

Shortly afterward, paramedics put a neckbrace on Mendoza and then took him to the hospital.

The bus driver was also transported to the hospital.

Officials confirmed the child taken to the hospital was in the SUV.

At this time, it’s unclear if anyone will face any charges or receive any citations.

Memphis Shelby County Schools released the following statement:

“We encourage drivers to slow down and remain alert on the roads for the safety of our children and the entire community.”