LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
An American Medical Response worker and a patient were killed after a transport van rolled over on Las Vegas Boulevard at the 215 highway Tuesday.
Nevada Highway Patrol reported the crash at about 12:44 a.m.
“This is a first responder we lost,” Trooper Jason Buratczuk stated. “When NHP responds to these fatal crashes it’s always a tragedy but it hits home when it is among our own.”
According to NHP, the chauffeur of the car lost control while transferring a non-ambulatory client to a skilled nursing facility. The lorry entered into the embankment and rolled over on the Interstate 15 junction to westbound Interstate 215. Authorities were examining the reason for the crash but noted it was drizzling in the area and the roadways were slick.
NHP said there was dashcam footage from the transport van.
Scott White, local director for AMR and Medicwest, said the car started carrying the patient at 11:29 p.m. At 11:48 p.m., the driver called out “mayday” two times over the radio. Dispatch then informed the manager. Supervisors and other first responders went to the scene.
It is with heaviness of hearts that NHP Troopers are investigating a deadly crash involving an AMR ambulance. A client and first responder are confirmed departed. Our hearts go out to the patients household and our first responders at AMR. #?????? #?????? #nhpsocomm pic.twitter.com/CK06vQUj6e!.?.!— NHP Southern Command( @NHPSouthernComm) February 13, 2018 The motorist was taken to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was launched from the hospital on Tuesday. The AMR attendant, identified as 57-year-old Garry John, and the client, who had not been identified, were pronounced dead at the scene. White said, “this is a very sad day. “He added that John had actually been with the
company for four years and will be” sorely missed. “John was described as being”friendly in nature. “The driver of the AMR car stated he did not want to be recognized and said he was incredibly shocked and wanted to extend his inmost acknowledgements to the family of Garry John and the client who were eliminated. White stated he wanted to “send them our inmost acknowledgement”when he addressed
the victim’s family during an interview.”We see people at their worst, and we go to assist,”White stated.”Everyone got in this service to help
so this hits home to know somebody we had in our care, and after that this takes place.” White stated the transport vans do have restraints for the driver, attendant, and patient. He said the “attendant did have (the )restraint system. “The I-15 northbound to 215 westbound ramp was closed. #breaking Deadly Crash LV Blvd to go IR215 WB. Ambulance Rollover, 2 deceased at this time. 15NB to IR215WB ramp closed. PIO Enroute. Anticipate hold-ups in the location. Inspect back for updates #buckleup #drivesafenv #nhpsocomm– NHP Southern Command(@NHPSouthernComm) February 13, 2018 American Medical Action launched a declaration on
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