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PICTURED: Mother, 31, and her four children who were among seven people killed in wrong-way crash

IMAGE: Mother, 31, and her four children were one of seven people killed in a horror crash after 22-year-old wrong-way driver collided head-on with their van in Illinois

  • Lauren Dobosz, 31, of Rolling Meadows and five children, ages 5-13, were killed in the fiery accident where another driver rammed into them on the highway
  • Jennifer Fernandez, 22, of Carpentersville, Illinois, who drove the wrong way on I-90 in a 2010 Acura TSX for “unknown reasons” also died in the crash
  • The driver of the van, Thomas Dobosz, 32, of Rolling Meadows, was the sole survivor of the crash. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries
  • Researchers are working to determine why Fernandez traveled in the wrong direction

A mother and her four children were among seven people killed when a wrong-way driver crashed into a van on an Illinois highway early Sunday morning.

The fiery accident happened around 2:11 a.m. on Interstate 90 in McHenry County, about 50 miles from Chicago.

Illinois state police said Jennifer Fernandez, 22, of Carpentersville, Illinois was driving the wrong way on I-90 in a 2010 Acura TSX for “unknown reasons” when she collided head-on into the van and both vehicles went up in flames.

Fernandez was pronounced dead from her injuries at the scene.

Lauren Dobosz, 31, of Rolling Meadows and five children, all in a Chevrolet full-size van, were killed, according to Illinois state police. The children were between 5 and 13 years old.

The driver of the van, Thomas Dobosz, 32, of Rolling Meadows, was the sole survivor of the crash. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Lauren Dobosz, 31, of Rolling Meadows and five children, ages 5 to 13, all in a Chevrolet full-size van, were killed, according to Illinois police.

Lauren Dobosz, 31, of Rolling Meadows and five children, ages 5 to 13, all in a Chevrolet full-size van, were killed, according to Illinois police.

The five children killed in the crash were two 13-year-old girls, a 7-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, all from Rolling Meadows

The five children killed in the crash were two 13-year-old girls, a 7-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, all from Rolling Meadows

The five children killed in the crash were two 13-year-old girls, a 7-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, all from Rolling Meadows. Their names have not been released.

Neighbors of the Dobosz family along Owl Drive in Rolling Meadows told FOX 32 Chicago that the kids would always say hello.

Other neighbors said Tom and Lauren Dubosz were caring for elderly grandparents who had lived in the house on Owl Drive for a while.

Investigators are working to determine why Fernandez drove in the wrong direction.

The fiery accident happened around 2:11 a.m. on Interstate 90 in McHenry County, Illinois, about 50 miles from Chicago.  Seven people were killed, including five children

The fiery accident happened around 2:11 a.m. on Interstate 90 in McHenry County, Illinois, about 50 miles from Chicago. Seven people were killed, including five children

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