Deadly ambulance accident still under investigation

A deadly crash involving an ambulance early Monday on Interstate 20 is still under investigation, according to Ruston Police officials.

Earlier reports from the Ruston Police Department said a Pafford EMS ambulance and a Jeep were traveling westbound on Interstate 20 between the Tech and Tarbutton exits about 4 a.m. Monday when the ambulance rear-ended the Jeep. 

The impact caused both vehicles to catch on fire. 

The driver of the Jeep, James Hvamstad, 29, of Honey Island, Texas, died at the scene. A passenger, Joshua Bass, 31, of Monroe, was airlifted to a Shreveport hospital for treatment for severe burns. 

The ambulance’s personnel and the patient were able to get out before the fire reached them. All three were at the North Louisiana Medical Center and released.

The patient was being carried to Shreveport on a “non-emergency run.”

According to the company’s website, Pafford EMS is home to over 900 employees who staff more than 120 ambulances, three helicopters, three fixed wing aircraft, and two communications centers across a four-state region.

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