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Mother and 4 kids killed in fiery Calif. crash

Updated Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 | 10:54 a.m.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Central California mother and her four children were killed in fiery crash after a vehicle ran a stop sign and hit their SUV.

California Highway Patrol Officer Axel Reyes says the accident occurred at 7:08 p.m. Saturday when a minivan ran a stop sign and hit the 29-year-old woman and her four kids — ages 1, 3, 6 and 11 — riding in an SUV at an intersection in Fresno County. In minutes, the SUV was engulfed in flames.

The woman's husband, driving a quarter mile behind the SUV, was unable to free his family. He received minor burns to his hands.

The minivan's driver, 41-year-old Juana Martinez Bejarano, was hospitalized for moderate to major injuries.

Coroner's investigators haven't confirmed the identities of the burned bodies.