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Mom charged with DUI after kids hurt in SUV rollover

A woman was charged with DUI after her SUV rolled over on Interstate 57 on the South Side early this morning, injuring nine children, authorities said.

The children ranged in age from 3 to 14. Some of them were not wearing seatbelts or proper restraints, authorities said.

Tonica S. Conwell, 30, of Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence and nine counts of child endangerment. She was also cited with child restraint violations, according to the Illinois State Police. Four of the children in the SUV are believed to be hers, police said.

The most seriously injured included a 5-year-old boy in serious-to-critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and a 20-year-old woman in the same condition at the hospital, Chicago Fire Chief Juan Hernandez said.

Four other people were taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center, three to Roseland Hospital and two to Metro South Medical Center, all in good or fair condition.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, police said late this morning.

The crash happened near 99th Street, south of where the Dan Ryan Expressway splits, about 12:10 a.m. The SUV was travling south on I-57 at high speed when it rolled over onto the right embankment, according to the state police.

A court date for Conwell is pending, and the crash is still under investigation, police said.

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