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Published April 01 2012

Minnesota-bound motor home crashes in Kansas; 5 killed, 13 injured

LYNDON, Kan. — Authorities say a packed motor home headed from Texas to Minnesota crashed in northeast Kansas on Sunday, killing five people and sending 13 others to hospitals.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the northbound Freightliner motor home was pulling a trailer when the driver lost control at 9 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 35. The motor home hit a guardrail and a concrete bridge rail before crashing into a ravine.

Trooper Don Hughes said the victims included adults and children. The crash is under investigation. Hughes said he couldn't immediately release the names, ages or hometowns of the victims because their relatives were still being notified.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the victims were members of an extended family from Jordan, Minn., southwest of the Twin Cities.

The survivors were sent to several surrounding hospitals. One of the hospitals, Overland Regional Medical Center, said the three victims it received were in critical condition.