LODD: Texas EMT killed, another hurt after driver strikes ambulance

Felipe Huerta Jr., 32, and patient Delia Cortines, 68, died and Andrea Rodriguez was hospitalized after an ambulance was struck head-on

Duty Death: Felipe Huerte Jr. - [Edinburg, Texas]

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By EMS1 Staff

EDINBURG, Texas — An EMT and a patient were killed and another EMS provider was injured after a suspected drunk driver crashed head-on into an ambulance.

The Monitor reported that Hidalgo County EMS EMT Felipe Huerta Jr., 32, and patient Delia Cortines, 68, were killed when an unnamed driver backed out of a parking lot at high speed and struck another vehicle, resulting in his truck being pushed into oncoming traffic, striking the ambulance.

EMS provider Andrea Rodriguez, 24, was transported to the hospital and is expected to be OK.

Police said alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

The driver was arrested and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

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