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First responder suffers heart attack while removing teen siblings who died in head on collision

By Mason White 11:08 AM June 26, 2017
Eric and Lauren Neibaur
Eric and Lauren Neibaur
By: Emily Lewis

A first responder in Idaho, suffered a massive heart attack at the scene of a car crash.

The emergency worker, whose identity was not yet revealed publicly, worked for the Bannock County Search and Rescue when he was dispatched to a crash on Highway 30 near McCammon.

There he was confronted with a horrific head-on collision that took the lives of three people and injured another.

The first responder went into cardiac arrest while pulling the bodies of 15-year-old Eric Neibaur, and his sister, 13-year-old Lauren, out of their wrecked pickup truck.

The teen’s, their parents and other relatives were driving home from a camping trip on Sunday, when the tragic incident occurred.

The parents were ahead of the teens while other family members were behind them.

When the parents realized that their children were no longer behind them, they called the relatives who informed them that the teens had been in a car accident.

Police have not yet released the reason that led Eric to swerve from his lane into oncoming traffic, where he smashed into 70-year-old Jay Lanningham.

Lanningham was also pronounced dead at the scene while his female passenger is in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen said that the scene was incredibly gruesome and chaotic.

According to the family, Eric and Lauren Neibaur were born just 15 months apart and they were very close.

Authorities said that after the first responder went into cardiac arrest, ambulance personnel at the scene revived him using a portable defibrillator. He was transported to Portneuf Medical Center, and he is expected to survive.