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PECULIAR, Mo. -- A local father who is fighting for seat belts on school buses after his daughter was involved in a bus accident, said he is saddened to hear about at least six kids who were killed on a school bus in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Monday.

Jerry Perfect, whose daughter Sarah went to Raymore-Peculiar High School, said he still remembers the phone call he received the day the accident happened in 2014. Sarah Perfect and her volleyball teammates were on their way to a district tournament at Lee’s Summit West.

Twelve of the volleyball players suffered minor injuries. Sarah broke her back and had a concussion. Police said the bus crossed two lanes of traffic to make a U-turn. At the same time, a construction truck slammed into the side of the bus.

“I think the accident today is a perfect example of why we need to care about this because when there is a bus accident the contents of the bus, in its care, our precious children,” Jerry Perfect told FOX 4.

He said attorneys for his daughter are actively fighting for bus safety restraints.

Other volleyball players on the bus had concussions after the accident and one senior had to get 30 stitches to reattach her eyebrow.