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Ambulance driver dies while transporting patient
by CHRIS A.
COUROGEN, Of The Patriot-News Wednesday February 04, 2009, 11:02 AM
A heart attack is believed to have been what killed a Silver Spring Ambulance and Rescue driver and caused a crash that sent an emergency medical technician that was riding in the rig to the hospital.
Barry John Nagle, 66, of Mechanicsburg, was at the wheel of an ambulance that was transporting a patient around 2:28 this morning when he apparently suffered a fatal heart attack and crashed. George Weimer, of Silver Spring Twp., was injured in the crash. Weimer, an EMT and an officer with the ambulance company, was transported to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, said Silver Spring Township Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Hall.
Nagle's death is believed to have been due to the heart attack, not from crash-related injuries. "All efforts were made to revive the driver," said Hall. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and an automatic defibrillator were used without success.
The crash happened at mile post 59 northbound. The ambulance left the interstate and traveled almost 1,000 feet before striking a ditch and coming to rest. No details are available on Weimer's injuries, but Hall said he is expected top be hospitalized for several days. Three other passengers were uninjured.
According to Hall, the Silver Spring Ambulance had picked up a patient from the earlier crash involving another ambulance from out of the local area and was transporting that patient to the hospital when the accident occurred. The out of the area ambulance was carrying two nurses in addition to the patient.
State police have not released details of the first accident.