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Paramedic Killed At Scene Of Multiple Vehicle Crashes

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A paramedic who responded to vehicle crashes on a western Pennsylvania highway has been struck and killed at the scene by a coal truck.

Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski says the female paramedic from West End Ambulance Services in Johnstown was killed Monday on Route 271.

Emergency crews say there were at least three separate crashes, apparently related to icy conditions, on the highway in Upper Yoder Township. The township borders Johnstown, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The paramedic was responding to one of the crashes when she was reportedly hit by the truck, which also crashed as it drove toward the other crash scenes.

The series of crashes were reported late Monday morning.

Calls to the ambulance service were not immediately answered.

A state police accident reconstructionist was being called to the scene.

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