Mother: Teen Driving RV In Kansas Crash A 'Hero'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The mother of a teenager who was driving an RV when it crashed in Kansas, killing five family members, is calling her son a hero.

Pauline Kerber spoke in a prepared statement from the Minnesota hospital where 17-year-old Adam Kerber is being treated.

She said Adam "did everything he possibly could to save 13 lives."

Adam is in fair condition at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.

The mother and son were among 18 family members and friends traveling back to Minnesota from Texas on April 1 when their RV broke through a guardrail and concrete bridge rail and crashed in a ditch.

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Minnesota woman and her 17-year-old son who were injured in a motor home crash that killed five family members have left a hospital in Kansas, where the accident occurred.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center said in a statement Tuesday that 46-year-old Pauline Kerber of Jordan, Minn., has been released from the hospital and returned to her hometown. The statement said her son Adam Kerber has been transferred to a hospital "closer to home."

The mother and son were among 13 people injured April 1 when their recreational vehicle hit a guardrail and a concrete bridge rail on Interstate 35 near the northeastern Kansas town of Williamsburg.

Five family members, ages 10 through 25, died in the crash. Several other people who were injured have also been released from hospitals.

UPDATE: Monday, April 2, 2012

A converted semitrailer that crashed on a Kansas highway and killed five people was driven by a 17-year-old boy with a provisional license.

Adam Kerber was behind the wheel of the Freightliner truck when it broke through a guardrail and went into a ravine Sunday morning near Williamsburg, about 70 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo.

Minnesota authorities say Kerber's license includes several restrictions, including that all occupants of his vehicle wear seat belts where 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.

UPDATE: Monday, April 2, 2012

Authorities say five members of a Minnesota family killed in a motor home crash in northeast Kansas weren't wearing seatbelts.

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's report on the crash says all five of the family members killed in the accident weren't wearing restraints. The patrol report also said only two of the injured, including the 17-year-old driver, were wearing seatbelts.

At least two of the injured were in critical condition Monday.

Monday, April 2, 2012

A friend says members of a Minnesota family of motocross enthusiasts were taking a vacation to see a race when their motor home crashed in northeast Kansas, killing five family members and injuring 13 other people.

Mary Jo Marks tells The Associated Press that she and her husband live about a mile away from the family. She says Pauline Kerber home-schooled the children until several years ago. Kerber's late husband, Glen, operated an auto store on the family property.

Marks says the family lives about a half-mile from the Scott County fairgrounds, which hosts motocross races. She says the family planned to spend spring break on a big family motocross trip.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The identities of the victims in Sunday's crash have been released.

24 year old Melissa Kerber, 25 year old Tom Kerber, 10 year old Jessica Kerber, 14 year old Joy Kerber, and 12 year old James Kerber, all from Minnesota, died in the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.

UPDATE: Sunday, April 1, 2012

A motor home headed to Minnesota has crashed in northeast Kansas, killing five people.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the northbound Freightliner motor home was carrying 18 people and pulling a trailer when the driver lost control at 9 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 35.

The motor home crashed into a ravine. Trooper Don Hughes said the victims included adults and children. He said he didn't know how many people were injured.

The crash is under investigation and the names of the victims weren't immediately released.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The northbound lanes of I-35 remain closed after a fatal crash involving an RV.

The Kansas Highway Patrol say the crash happened in the northbound lanes of I-35 around 9 a.m in Osage County when the RV went off the roadway and into a ravine.

Investigators say at least 12 people were inside the RV at the time and more than one has died. Troopers say the RV had Minnesota plates.

As of 12:30 p.m., the interstate was still closed. No other details have been released.

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