PHOTOS: 11 injured, including 9 kids, in I-57 rollover crash - FOX 13 News

PHOTOS: Driver charged with DUI in rollover crash that injured 9 kids

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 30-year-old woman has been charged with DUI after she lost control of the SUV she was driving on I-57, causing a rollover crash that injured nine children early Friday on the South Side.

Witnesses told state police a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban was speeding in the southbound lanes of I-57 near 99th Street when the driver apparently lost control about 12:20 a.m. and the SUV rolled over into the right embankment, a release from Illinois State Police District Chicago said.

At the time of the crash there were 11 people in the Suburban, including nine children, state police said. The children range in age from 3 to 14.

Nine juveniles and two adults were hospitalized, according to Fire Media Affairs. Two people were initially hospitalized in critical condition, four in serious condition and five with minor injuries. State police said late Friday morning the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The driver of the Suburban, 30-year-old Tonica S. Conwell of Chicago, who is the mother of several of the children, was charged with DUI and nine counts of child endangerment, according to state police. Conwell also received seven child restraint citations.

State Police District Chicago are continuing to investigate and a court date is pending.

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