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Family returns to deadly crash scene, thanks first responders for help

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OSAGE COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

It's been almost a year since five members of a Minnesota family were killed in a horrific crash in Osage County. This weekend, the family traveled back to the Kansas City metro to thank the first responders who helped that day.

It was a crash that many won't soon forget - it was April 1, 2011 and five members of the Kerber family were killed when the vehicle they were traveling in hit a guardrail and flipped.

Eighteen family members were traveling together, coming from a motocross race in Texas when the horrible wreck happened.

"It's tough. It's not an easy thing to do," Russell Kerber said.

Kerber lost his brothers, sisters and sister-in-law that day - an unimaginable thing to even try and wrap your head around. Kerber said it was very important to his family to head back to the metro, just to say thanks. And that's exactly what the family did Saturday at a special lunch at a high school held just for the occasion.

"It's the chance of a lifetime," Donna Connell said.

Connell was one of the 90 first responders that day and said an opportunity like Saturday's is a welcome one, especially after something so heartbreaking.

"I love them. We've communicated throughout the year. They've given us updates on people we took care of that day," Connell, with Osage County EMS, said.

The Kerber family also visited the scene of the crash on Saturday, understandably without the media present.

They could have easily avoided the area with so many horrible memories forever, but said they felt strongly enough to drive hours away just to say "thank you."

"I can't thank them enough. There's nothing I wouldn't do to show how much I appreciate what they did for my family," Kerber said.

All members of the Kerber family who were killed that day were young, ranging in age from 10 to 25.

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