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Driver Had Medical Condition That May Have Triggered Crash

July 17, 1995

ELY, Nev. (AP) _ The driver of an ambulance that crashed into a newspaper building had a medical condition that may have triggered the accident, authorities said Sunday.

An autopsy was performed Sunday on Adam Sorensen, 23, in an effort to determine the cause of Saturday’s accident at the Ely Daily Times, said White Pine County Sheriff’s Capt. Michael Francone. The results weren’t immediately available.

``Adam had diabetes. I would be speculating, but it could have been a factor,″ Francone said. ``I would hope the autopsy would answer questions that people have.″

Sharon Rozis, a volunteer EMT who worked with Sorensen, agreed that his diabetes could have been a factor: ``Diabetics can go into a shock or coma. I don’t know what could have caused the accident other than something like that.″

Sorensen, an emergency medical technician for the volunteer White Pine County Ambulance Service, had not been an emergency call at the time of the crash.

The crash collapsed the brick facade of the newspaper’s office onto the ambulance, which came to a rest about three feet from editor Kent Harper, who was working in his office at the front of the building. He suffered cuts to his scalp that took three stitches to close.

The newspaper still planned to publish on schedule Monday, Harper said. The Donrey Media Group newspaper publishes Monday through Friday.

The crash destroyed the front of the building, including Harper’s office and that of publisher George Carnes.

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