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LODD: Minn. paramedic dies after ambulance hits semi

Officials said the driver of the ambulance, paramedic Susanna Kelly, was also injured but is expected to survive her injuries

Duty Death: - [Brooklyn Center, Minnesota]

End of Service: 10/09/2017

By Paul Walsh
Star Tribune 

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — An ambulance struck from behind a semitrailer truck that was stalled on an interstate in Brooklyn Center, killing a 24-year-old paramedic and leaving the emergency vehicle’s driver hospitalized.

The wreck occurred on eastbound Interstate 694 about 7 p.m. Monday, when the HealthEast ambulance hit the semi on the right shoulder with a tow truck in the apex where Interstate-694 and I-94 split, the State Patrol said.

The patrol will release later Tuesday the identity of the paramedic, who was from St. Paul, who died at the scene.

Paramedic Susanna G. Kelly, 27, was driving the ambulance, and she was taken to North Memorial Medical Center. The patrol said that Kelly was expected to survive her injuries.

Authorities said the ambulance did not have a patient on board.

The semi’s driver, 44-year-old Paulette A. Mejia, of Temple, Ga., was not injured, the patrol added. The tow truck driver also escaped injury.

Sara DuPaul of the State Patrol said the ambulance was heading from Monticello to north Minneapolis without its emergency lights or siren engaged when it “attempted to merge across the apex and subsequently struck the back of the semi, and major impact happened on the front passenger side.”

The semi had been sitting there for 15 to 16 minutes because of “mechanical issues,” DuPaul added.

Traffic on eastbound I-694 was closed for a few hours after the crash while the wreckage was removed and investigators collected evidence.

Copyright 2017 Star Tribune 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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