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2 Die in Delaware Ambulance Crash

ANGOLA, Del. — Two people are dead after an ambulance accident on Route 24 near the Lewes/Rehoboth Fire Company substation in Angola.

State Police say the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad Ambulance was the only vehicle involved.

The crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the crash killed a patient who was being transported to Beebe Medical Center and killed a paramedic who was ejected from the ambulance.

A special note from JEMSEditor-in-Chief, A.J. Heightman: The JEMSfamily mourns the loss of Sussex County paramedic Stephanie L. Callaway, 31, of Lewes, Del., who died at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, when the ambulance she was riding in struck a tree while avoiding a deer in the roadway.

Sussex County EMS (SCEMS) is part of Delaware’s state-wide paramedic program and provides ALS support to fire department-based BLS services, volunteer ambulance services, local hospitals, and state and local police agencies throughout a 964-square-mile region via eight specially designed ALS rapid-response, non-transport vehicles

SCEMS employs a staff of more than 100 paramedics and support personnel, serves a year-round population of 163,000 and a summer population that increases to 500,000 when tourists and visitors travel to the Delaware shores.

Stephanie was providing care to a patient in the back of a Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad ambulance from Long Neck, DE when the accident occurred. Her patient was ejected and also died in the crash. The Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad crew was also injured, with one crewmember ejected from the patient compartment..

Stephanie worked with the county since July 14, 2003 and served as a member of the Sussex County EMS Honor Guard, one of the department’s public information officers, a training officer and as president of the Sussex County Paramedic Association.

A dedicated EMS professional, Stephanie was also the mother of two children. We mourn her loss to her family and the EMS community.