Ambulance driver dies transporting NJ fire victim

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 5:04 PM

STILLWATER, N.J. (AP) — Police say a New Jersey ambulance driver is dead after he crashed while transporting a man from the scene of a fatal fire.

State police say William Martin suffered a "medical episode" early Tuesday while transporting a burn victim from the deadly blaze in Stillwater, about 35 miles west of New York City.

Seventy-year-old Dorothy Baer was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire. Martin was taking her husband, John, to a helicopter to be transported to a hospital when he struck a utility pole and the ambulance partially overturned.

John Baer's condition wasn't immediately available but police say he wasn't injured in the crash. Martin was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Investigators say John Baer told them he found his wife on fire in their living room. The fire's cause is under investigation.

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