MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Six children remained hospitalized early Wednesday after an 81-year-old woman picking up her grandchild at school plowed into a group of elementary students and a teacher's aide, police said.
Classes had just been dismissed at Chimneyrock Elementary School on Tuesday when the Ford Crown Victoria suddenly lurched into the crowd, running over children, pinning some underneath and to the school wall, witnesses said. The car clipped another vehicle, knocked out two walkway supports and ended up sandwiched next to the wall.
At least one bystander lifted the bulky sedan off students as teachers and mothers with medical training waded through the chaos, taking pulses and trying to calm children.
Nine students were hit, and one was in critical condition Wednesday. The aide suffered minor injuries.
No charges were filed against the driver, Alice Bartee of Memphis, but authorities were interviewing her, said Steve Shular, a spokesman with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.
"We're trying, with a lot of compassion, to talk with her on what might have occurred," Shular said. She was described as distraught, which slowed the investigation.
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