Five members of a Minnesota family were killed Sunday when their motor home plunged into a ravine in Kansas, news sources report.
The Kerber family of Jordan, Minn., and a few of their friends were returning from a vacation in Texas racing motocycles. The Kansas Highway Patrol said the motor home held 18 people and was pulling a trailer when the driver lost control at 9 a.m. on Interstate 35, the Associated Press reported.
Another 13 people, including several other members of the family, were critically injured in the crash, according to the Star Tribune.
The survivors were sent to several surrounding hospitals. Overland Park Regional Medical Center listed Pauline Kerber, a 46-year-old widowed mother of 12, as in critical but stable condition, according to the Associated Press.
Mary Mohn of Woodbury was the first person to reach the victims. "I couldn't believe what I saw," Mohn told the Star Tribune. "It looked like the RV exploded. The walls were on both sides of the creek. A couch was sitting in the creek. Toilets were on the embankment. Clothes and food and shoes were scattered all over. I could hear a woman screaming ... and kids whimpering, crying."
The crash is still under investigation, and authorities haven't officially released the identities of the victims. Friends have identified the dead as members of the extended Kerber family, including Tom Kerber, 25, and his wife, Melissa, 24, as well as three of Tom's younger siblings, Joy, 14; James, 12, and Jessica, 10, according to the Star Tribune.