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Ambulance driver dies while transporting a patient - New Jersey

     

Tuesday, January 8, 2013  By Seth Augenstein

STILLWATER — Two are dead after a fatal house fire that's being investigated by arson and major crimes units, officials confirmed today.

One person died in the blaze — but in a strange twist, the driver of an ambulance carrying one of the victims of the fire died as he drove to the hospital, authorities said. The patient in the ambulance survived.

The fire on Potters Road in Stillwater killed one person, according to Greg Mueller, the county’s first assistant prosecutor. It is currently being investigated by New Jersey State Police arson investigators, as well as the Sussex County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Unit.

The second injured occupant of the house was taken away in the ambulance that crashed shortly afterwards on Stillwater-Fredon Road.The driver apparently had a medical issue and crashed, said Sgt. Adam Grossman of the state police.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Grossman said.

After the crash, the patient was transferred to another ambulance and taken to a hospital, Mueller added.

The fire started several hours before dawn, Mueller confirmed.

The house is set a significant distance back from Potters Road, and is completely obscured by trees, an eyewitness said. But there is no smoke or smell of smoke in the air as of 9 a.m., the observer added.

The Stillwater ambulance crashed into a roadside utility pole during the response to the fire. Authorities were taking pictures and attempting to tow the vehicle away around 8 a.m. this morning, an eyewitness said.





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