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Apr 2, 2012

U.S. News: Driver in deadly motor home crash was teen with restricted license

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Apr 1st 2012, 21:51

A motor home carrying 18 family members crashes into a ravine in Kansas, killing five people and injuring four others.'s Dara Brown reports.

By news services

Updated 3:30 p.m. ET:  A 17-year-old boy with a provisional driver's license was at the wheel of a converted semitrailer when it crashed on a Kansas highway Sunday, killing five family members and injuring 13 others, The Associated Press reported.

Adam Kerber's license includes several restrictions, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, including a requirement that all occupants of the vehicle wear seatbelts when available. Only two of the 18 people aboard were belted in, but it wasn't clear if belts were available for those passengers riding in the trailer.

The large extended family was returning from a trip to see a motocross race when the accident occurred, authorities said Monday.

Updated 9:30 a.m. ET: The motor home, which was actually a modified Freightliner box truck, was carrying 18 family members on their way back to their homes in Minnesota and pulling a trailer, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported.

Their vehicle lost control and crashed through a guard rail on Interstate 35 near Williamsburg, Kan., and plunged into a ravine, according to Kansas Highway Patrol.

Those killed were members of the Kerber family, according to the Star-Tribune, which ran an auto shop outside of Jordan, Minn.

The Kansas Highway 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 Monday morning. Her son, driver Adam Kerber was in critical condition.

Others injured ranged from 2 to 30 years old, according to a report in the Kansas City Star. They were sent to at least five different area hospitals for treatment.

NBC News affiliate KSHB 41 Action News said the side of the group's trailer had "G-Dogg" on the side of it. Several motocross bikes were seen inside the trailer.

Passers-by stopped to help before first responders arrived. One of them, Mary Mohn, told the station: "We looked down the embankment and realized this was a very significant accident."

NBC News affiliate KSHB 41 Action News, The Associated Press and staff contributed to this report.

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