SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — Two paramedics were killed Saturday when their ambulance crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer.

It happened on Route 19 in Nicholas County at about 8 a.m. State troopers said a Jan-Care ambulance was traveling south on Powell Mountain when it ran into the back of the tractor-trailer which was parked in the right lane. Troopers didn’t initially know why the rig had stopped in the southbound slow lane.

The two paramedics, who were returning to Raleigh County after a transport to Morgantown, were identified as Brittany Young, 23, of Glen Jean, and Ronald Dick II, 35, of Shady Spring. Two people in the truck were not injured. 

Jan-Care Director of Operations Paul Seaman told WVVA-TV they were dealing with the tragic situation.

“We just want to send our most thoughtful condolences out to the families of two of our employees who tragically lost their lives this morning. We appreciate all of the hard work and professionalism demonstrated by all of those on the scene. We are still working with the families and with investigation to see what happened during the situation. Our members live their lives giving for others and this is just one of those situations where things didn’t work out as we had hoped for them,” Seaman said.

Troopers are continuing their investigation.