RV traveling to Minn. crashes into Kansas ravine, 5 dead

5:01 PM, Apr 1, 2012   |    comments
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LYNDON, Kan. -- Five people are dead following a crash involving an RV carrying up to 18 passengers Sunday morning.

KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, reports an RV ran off Interstate 35 into a ravine near Ottawa around 9 a.m., according to authorities.

Marsha Moreen and Mary Mohn, nurses from the Twin Cities, happened to be traveling on I-35 and witnessed the accident. Moreen says the RV drifted into a guard rail and attempted to correct its course. The vehicle hit the guardrail and broke through it, diving into a ravine about 30 feet below the highway.

Moreen and Mohn climbed down into the ravine and treated some of the victims. The two say they saw a lots of lacerations, broken bones, head injuries and atleast two dead bodies.

Mohn said the RV had Minnesota license plates and was traveling from Texas to Jordan, Minnesota.

Trooper Don Hughes said the fatality 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 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.

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