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Loophole in law let teen drive semi in crash

JORDAN — A 17-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a semi pulling a box trailer converted into a recreational vehicle when the 57,000-pound rig crashed Sunday through a guardrail and into a Kansas ravine, killing five of the 18 people on board.

Adam Kerber’s driver’s license wouldn’t have allowed him to drive a commercial vehicle such as that because of its weight and because it was carrying more than 15 people. But neither of the restrictions applied because of a loophole in Minnesota state law regarding private RVs.

The 13 injured in the crash include the teen, who was still in critical condition Monday.

All those injured or killed were friends or members of the Kerber family.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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