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Teen, family members die in car crash

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM


A 17-year-old boy with a provisional driver's license was behind the wheel when a converted semitrailer crashed on a Kansas highway, killing five members of his Minnesota family who were on vacation to see a motocross race, authorities said yesterday.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Adam Kerber's license includes several restrictions, including 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 Freightliner truck broke through a guard rail and went into a ravine Sunday morning near Williamsburg, about 70 miles southwest of Kansas City. The 13 people who survived were injured, and at least two remained in critical condition yesterday.

The patrol identified the dead as Melissa Kerber, 24, and Tom Kerber, 25, of New Prague and Jessica Kerber, 10, Joy Kerber, 14, and James Kerber, 12, of Jordan,

Pauline Kerber, 46, of Jordan, a widowed mother of 12, was in critical but stable condition up to yesterday morning. Her 17-year-old son Adam Kerber, who was driving the vehicle, was in critical condition.