Posted: Apr 2, 2012 9:26 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Apr 2, 2012 11:05 AM
KANSAS CITY (AP) - 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.
There are more details about the 13 people injured in the crash of a motor home in northeast Kansas yesterday that killed five family members. Hospital officials say at least three people are in critical condition and two are in serious condition. All 18 people were inside the motor home.
Kansas Highway Patrol says the Freightliner pulling a trailer hit a guardrail and a concrete bridge rail before crashing into a ravine about 70 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo.
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.