EMT technician killed, another injured after ambulance falls off hydraulic lift on west bank

EMT killed in tragic accident

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - An EMT technician died and one other technician was injured after an ambulance fell off of hydraulic automotive lift, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The incident occurred Wednesday around 5:32 p.m. in the 1200 block of Avenue C near West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero.

Police say that an EMT mechanic and two EMT technicians were performing work on the elevated ambulance when the equipment failed causing the rack and vehicle to fall onto the one of the two technicians, pinning him down. The unidentified 44-year-old technician was freed and rushed to West Jefferson Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

"Well to be honest with you, there was a lot of emotion, as you can well imagine, with the number of EMT technicians that were present," said JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato. "Whether they were going to work, coming to work, once they received word that one of their coworkers was involved in this accident and needless to say was killed, they became very very emotional and very upset as you can imagine."

The other technician, identified as a 37-year-old man, received minor injuries and was treated at West Jefferson Medical Center. The 34-year-old mechanic, was not hurt.

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