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AMR employee, patient killed in rollover crash early Tuesday

PHOTO: @NHPSouthernComm

UPDATE: The Nevada Highway patrol reports that the patient killed in the AMR crash was 58-year-old Robert Niedbalski from North Las Vegas, Nevada. The crash marks the Nevada Highway Patrol's seventh fatal crash resulting in nine fatalities for 2018.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Two people are dead after an ambulance was involved in a crash early Tuesday morning.

Around 11:47 p.m, an American Medical Response van lost control while navigating the curve from I-15NB to 215-WB.

The van was transporting one patient, after a non-emergency incident. The vehicle did not have its lights on.

The patient--a man in his 60’s, and an AMR employee identified as 57-year-old Garry John were pronounced dead.

AMR regional manager Scott White said, "He's going to be sorely missed. He definitely has a personality that is very friendly."

The driver was taken to UMC with non-life threatening injuries and was released.

It was raining when the crash happened. NHP is looking at slick roads and caution everyone to slow down.

Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Jason Buratczuk said, "It was raining in the area from what we know the pavement was slick so we think this might have something to be weather-related."

AMR officials say their employees and the patient were restrained properly. American Medical Response leaders say not only the death of one of their own is hard -- but they also feel sad for the patient loss.

White said, "To know we had someone in our care and then we have this issue we definitely are shaken up about that."

AMR says this is the first death in the line of duty to happen to AMR in 25 years in this region.

White said, "We see people at their worst and we got to help. All of us get in this business to help. It hits home when it's one of your own."

Garry John was given a line of duty escort to the coroner’s office and was met with officers from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, NHP and members of AMR management.

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