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Man Dead After Ambulance Taking Him Home Crashes

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Authorities say an ambulance transporting a Sloansville man to his home crashed on an upstate New York road, killing the patient.

The Schenectady County sheriff's office is investigating a  crash that occurred around 5:30 Wednesday evening in the town of Duanesburg, where a Mohawk Ambulance Service vehicle was traveling on the Western Turnpike when it crashed into a tree.

Police say the 64-year old patient being transported, identified as Chris Aernecke, died. The 20-year old ambulance driver and an emergency medical tech riding with the patient were injured and treated at hospitals.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.