Updated: Vigil Held in Shakopee for Jordan Family Members Killed in Motor Home Crash

Pauline Kerber of Jordan, 46, has been upgraded to stable condition, according to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

A Minnesota woman whose family was involved in a motor home crash in Kansas that killed five people and injured 13 has been upgraded to stable condition in a Kansas hospital as of Tuesday, according to a KARE 11 News report.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center says 46-year-old Pauline Kerber of Jordan, is in stable condition. Her 17-year-old son, Adam Kerber, who was driving the RV, remains in critical condition there.

The hospital also released a statement from Pauline Kerber's son, 24-year-old Russell Kerber, whose four children and a daughter-in-law were killed in the crash. He says his family is deeply saddened but they take comfort in knowing the deceased have been reunited with his father, who died in 2006.

Dozens of friends and family showed up to a prayer vigil Monday night in Shakopee for a family involved in a deadly crash in Kansas, according to a KARE 11 News report.

Five members of the Kerber family died and several other members were injured after their motor home lost control and crashed into a ravine on Interstate 35 Sunday morning.

At least seven other friends in the vehicle were injured. They were reportedly on their way back from a motocross event in Texas.

"The gravity of the situation is so heavy," Pastor Mike Golay of told KARE 11. "When people grieve that is a great opportunity for prayer so people can get their emotions out in a constructive place."

The Kerber family reportedly attends Friendship Church. 

Kansas Highway Patrol reports said the crash happened around 9 a.m. April 1, on Interstate-35 north, southwest of Williamsburg, KS.

Their vehicle was a 2003 Freightliner box truck (set up with living quarters), towing a trailer. The vehicle reportedly left the roadway, struck the metal guardrail, then a concrete bridge rail, which it then went over and down into a creek. The truck landed on its wheels, and the trailer landed on its left (driver’s) side, in front of the truck.

There were 18 people travelling in the vehicle. Those killed include Melissa Kerber, 24, of New Prague, Tom Kerber, 25, of New Prague, Jessica Kerber, 10, of Jordan, Joy Kerber, 14, of Jordan, and James Kerber, 12, of Jordan, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

The driver, Adam Kerber, 17, of Jordan, is reportedly in critical condition. 

People have taken to Twitter and Facebook to express their condolences. Whitney Miller wrote, "Please don't stop praying for the Kerber family and everyone else." Hannah Hofstadd wrote, "Why is it that the worst things happen to the best people? You're in my prayers, Kerber Family." James Stewart wrote, "I wanted to give my condolences to the Kerber family. I didn't know them but they are apart of the MX community so they are family. RIP."

A fund for donations has been set up for the family – The Kerber Family Fund, Hometown Bank, 101 South Creek Lane Jordan, MN 55352. Contact the bank at (952) 492-5599.

Click here for The Kerber Family and Friends Memorial Page on Facebook.

A video from the Associated Press remembers the Kerber family.

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