Paramedic fatally stuck by a tractor-trailer after he got out of the ambulance
SMITHTON, Pennsylvania – TRIBLIVE reports that a Pennsylvania paramedic was killed Sunday morning while on the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 70 near the Smithton exit.
Rostraver-West Newton Emergency Medical Service identified the fallen medic as Paramedic Supervisor Matt C. Smelser in a Facebook post.
“It’s with great sorrow and pain that we announce the tragic loss of Paramedic Supervisor Matthew Smelser, he was killed this morning while attending to an injured person on Interstate 70. Please keep him, his family and all of us in your thoughts and prayers,” the post said.
State police say that Smelser, 44, was on the scene of a crash at approximately 5:30 a.m. west of the Smithton exit on I-70 and as fatally stuck by a tractor-trailer after he got out of the ambulance.
The crash closed the interstate in both directions.
Trooper Richard Nagy told TRIBLIVE that weather is believed to be a contributing factor.
“EMS personnel were on the scene, tending to the victim of the crash. The weather conditions at the time caused the roadway to become icy and their ambulance was struck by another vehicle,” Nagy said.