2012-04-02 / Focus

Minn. family in fatal crash was on trip

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Minnesota family and some friends were taking a spring break vacation to see a motorcross race when the motor home in which they were traveling crashed in northeast Kansas, killing five family members, a family friend saidtoay.

The crash, which also injured 13 people, occurred Sunday morning on Interstate 35 when a Freightliner box truck pulling a trailer hit a guardrail and a concrete bridge rail before crashing into a ravine near Williamsburg, about 70 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo., the Kansas Highway Patrol said. All 18 people were inside the vehicle, which had living quarters inside.

The patrol identified the dead as Melissa Kerber, 24, and Tom Kerber, 25, of New Prague, Minn., and Jessica Kerber, 10, Joy Kerber, 14, and James Kerber, 14, of Jordan, Minn.

Pauline Kerber, 46, of Jordan, Minn., a widowed mother of 12, was in critical but stable condition this morning. Her 17-year-old son Adam Kerber, who was driving the vehicle, was in critical condition.

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