Updated 4:53 p.m. to reflect that at least five people have been reported as injured. Original reports stated three people, those airlifted, as the only injuries.
At least five people have been injured, three of whom were airlifted to a St. Louis hospital, after a school bus accident in rural eastern Missouri.
The accident happened this afternoon in Belgrade, Mo., about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.
It involved a bus carrying students in the Valley R-6 School District in Washington County.
In December, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states ban drivers from using their cell phones in any way while operating a car.
In its report, the NTSB cited an Aug. 2010 accident that killed two people and injured at least 50 others. The crash took place on Interstate 44 near Gray Summit, Mo.
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