SLIDELL, La. (KLFY) – Authorities are sending messages of condolence and support following a fatal crash on New Year’s Day that claimed the life of a 36-year-old EMT.

John Crow, 36, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Louisiana State Police (LSP) Troop L.

LSP said that around 1 a.m. on Jan. 1, Crow was traveling westbound on I-10 near LA 1090 in a Chevrolet ambulance. At the same time, a Volvo Straight Box Truck was also traveling westbound on I-10 in front of the ambulance.

For reasons still under investigation, the ambulance struck the rear of the Volvo, LSP said.

The driver of the Volvo sustained no injuries and two passengers in the Ambulance suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital, LSP said.

“We are heartbroken at this loss,” said Acadian Ambulance President Justin Back.

“It is a tremendous tragedy when we lose a crew member in the performance of their duties or otherwise. Our team is dedicated to protecting and saving lives. This hits us all very hard. Our heartfelt prayers go out to John’s family and to our paramedic and our patient,” Back said.

Back also said that Crow joined Acadian as an EMT in 2019 and was a valued member of the Acadian family.

Although the crash remains under investigation, LSP said that there were a total of 16 vehicles involved in crashes along I-10 in Slidell from the night of Dec. 31 to the morning of Jan. 1. According to LSP, there was very dense fog that may have been a factor in these crashes.

“We ask you to join us in praying for all those affected and for all first responders who risk their lives to save others,” Back said.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department shared the following:

The Baton Rouge Fire Department sends our deepest condolences to Acadian Ambulance and the family of John Mitchell Crow, N-EMT. We are heartbroken over this great loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. We stand in solidarity with all first responders who risk their lives daily to save others.

Baton Rouge Fire Department

St. George Fire Department shared the following:

Our deepest condolences go out to our Acadian family on the loss of their brother. Join us in sending them light and love during this difficult time.

St. George Fire Department