Posted November 05, 2018 05:11:23Newton Wellesley, Illinois (CNN) A “worst-case scenario” for a New York hospital where more than 70 people died after an air ambulance crashed and was swept away is a full day of recovery for a patient who was not part of the accident, the hospital said Friday.
The death of the patient is being treated as an accident, but there is no indication it was an act of terrorism, according to Dr. Steven Wasserstrom, medical director at the Newton Welles, which is part of Newton Health Medical Center.
Wasserstrom said the patient’s name is John, but the hospital did not release his last name.
He died from his injuries Friday morning after the air ambulance crash on Friday afternoon.
The patient was taken to Newton Health’s hospital where he had been on life support, according, a spokeswoman for Newton Health.
Wasserstom said the air paramedics were on standby for him when he was ejected from the aircraft and then suffered severe injuries to his face and neck.
The crash took place about 7:30 p.m.
ET Friday at the intersection of Interstate 80 and State Route 605, about 40 miles west of New York City.
The driver of the air plane, a 40-year-old man, and the passenger, a 33-year old woman, were killed.
The air ambulance was flying at an altitude of about 4,500 feet (1,800 meters) when it crashed, according the National Transportation Safety Board.
The accident caused an evacuation of about 300 people from the Newton Health facility.
The incident was captured on video and shared on social media.
Wakerstrom said he did not know how many patients were on board the airship at the time of the crash.
He said the hospital has received some information that about 100 patients were transferred from the crash site.
Newton Health is in New Jersey, about 200 miles from where the accident happened.