The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the five people who died and 13 others who were injured when a motor home crashed on Interstate 35 near Ottawa on Sunday morning.
Friends told a Minneapolis newspaper that the victims were members of a large extend family returning from a Texas vacation.
The highway patrol identified those who died in the crash as:
• Jessica Kerber, 10, of Jordan, Minn.
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• James Kerber, 12, of Jordan, Minn.
• Joy Kerber, 14, of Jordan, Minn.
• Melissa Kerber, 24, of New Prague, Minn.
• Tom Kerber, 25, of New Prauge, Minn.
Tom and Melissa Kerber were married, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Joy, James and Jessica were Tom’s younger siblings.
None of them was wearing safety restraints.
The injured included the driver, Adam R. Kerber, 17, and his mother, Pauline Kerber, 46, both of Jordan, Minn. They were in critical condition at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
The hospital released a statement late Sunday on behalf of Pauline Kerber: “Thank you for the outpouring of love and support during this tragic accident. We appreciate the prayers of so many, and appreciate you respecting our privacy as we mourn our deep loss.”
Others injured ranged in ages from 2 to 30 years old:
• Payton M. Hammers, 2, of Chaska, Minn., who was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital.
• Hannah D. Kerber, 5, of Minnesota, who was taken to an Overland Park Hospital.
• Nicholas Kerber, 8, of Jordan, Minn, who was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital.
• Sarah H. Kerber, 14, of Jordan, Minn., who was taken to a Topeka hospital.
• Madelyne Barney, 14, of Cologne, Minn., who was taken to an Olathe hospital.
• Timothy S. Kerber, 15, of Jordan, Minn., who was taken to an Ottawa hospital.
• Matt Vanbank, 16, of Jordan, Minn., who was transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital.
• Zachery Bell, 16, of Chaska, Minn., who was taken to an Olathe hospital.
• Cody Slark, 18, of Chaska, Minn., who was taken to a Topeka hospital.
• Ashley R. Henry, 21, of Carver, Minn., who was treated and released.
• Matthew P. Hammers, 30, of Chaska, Minn., who was taken to a Topeka hospital.
Adam Kerber and Matt Vanbank were the only ones wearing safety restraints, according to the highway patrol.