Line of Duty Death: Pennsylvania Paramedic Killed Operating at a Vehicle Crash on I70

More sad news today as we now learn of a second line of duty death. This LODD occurred in the Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania area.  Paramedic Smelser was struck and killed while attending to a injured patient on I70.  More on the story below.

Rostraver West Newton Emergency Services – “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.”

Pennlive.com – “A member of the EMS service of a western Pennsylvania town was killed while responding to a crash on Interstate 70 in Westmoreland County Sunday morning.

Matthew Smelser of Rostraver West Newton Emergency Services died after his ambulance was struck by another vehicle, WTAE is reporting.

According to reports, Smelser was part of the EMS crews that had rushed to the scene of a crash on Interstate 70 on the Yough Bridge before the second crash that killed Smelser.

Rostraver West Newton Emergency Services wrote on their Facebook page:

“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.”

Interstate 70 remains closed.”…Continue Reading Here

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