Kerber Family Reunites With Responders One Year After Tragic Accident

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MELVERN, Kan. (WIBW)-April 1, 2012 is a day the Kerber family will never forget.

The Kerber family has a love for motocross and dirt-bike racing and on April 1, 2012, 17-year-old Adam Kerber was driving his family back home to Minnesota from a motocross event in Texas.

"I remember the truck shaking and I stood up and yelled 'what's going on?' and braced myself up against the kitchen sink," said Ashley Henry, a member of the Kerber family.

When Adam Kerber veered off the road, the motor-home struck a guard rail then a concrete bridge before flipping and plunging 30 feet.

"It was like a dream, and it wasn't until later I realized it was real and not a dream," said Tim Kerber, one of the brothers.

"It was devastating and it was tragic. It is so hard to explan," said Henry.

More than 100 responders including EMTs, firemen, law enforcement and emergency crew members, showed up quickly to help the family.

13 family members were badly injured and 5 of them died. Russell Kerber wasn't in the crash, but found out about the tragic accident through a phone call.

"They were my younger brothers and sisters and it's a tough pill to swallow," said Russell Kerber, one of older brothers who lost his siblings in the accident.

And now, almost a year later, the Kerber family is in Kansas to reunite with many of the responders that helped save their lives on the day of that horrible accident.

" It feels good to say thanks to those that helped out and even all the people in Kansas who helped us out," said Russell Kerber.

Through the recovery, the Kerber family's love for motocross racing has remained strong. Adam and Tim Kerber plan to race April 7th in Minnesota .