SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - A first-time mother and her one-week old son are mourning the loss of a husband and father who was hit and killed in a car accident Sunday morning.
Tyson Mason, 29, an Intermountain Life Flight paramedic, lost his life and a nurse was seriously injured after their car was struck head-on by a pickup truck as they were returning to Salt Lake City after completing a shift in Roosevelt.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the crash occurred on Highway 40 near Strawberry Reservoir at 9:47 a.m. Sunday. A gray Dodge Pickup truck was traveling eastbound and was passing a tan Chevy Impala when it sideswiped the truck. Officials told ABC4 Utah that they impact forced the pickup truck into oncoming westbound traffic where is hit a Subaru passenger car head on.
Mason died as a result of his injuries and the nurse was flown by air ambulance, in serious condition, to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.
Life Flight crews did not realize they lost one of their own and would be working to save another team member, until they arrived on the scene.
"As you can imagine, it was a shock," said Jess Gomez, Spokesman, Intermountain Life Flight. "Being the professionals they are, they did everything they needed to do as they would in any other case."
"Our hearts and prayers go out to their families, friends and colleagues for this devastating loss."
As of Sunday night, the nurse in the accident has not been identified.
UHP, who is investigating the crash, has not said what caused the driver of the Impala to swerve out of their lane of travel.
As a show of respect for their colleagues and in accordance with safety protocols, Intermountain Life Flight's adult teams in northern Utah have decided to stand down for 24 hours and will not be flying or transporting patients during this time. They have coordinated coverage with other EMS agencies and air transport services.
According to a press release issued by Intermountain Life Flight, the resources of Intermountain Healthcare's Employee Assistance Program counselors are being made available to any employee throughout the Intermountain Healthcare system, who may need assistance during this difficult time.
Mason, who worked in multiple public safety departments, began his career with the Ogden City Fire Department in 2009 before joining the Salt Lake City Fire Department two years ago, working as a firefighter and paramedic. Fire Chief Karl Lieb said they are all mourning the loss of Mason.
"It is with a heavy heart that we share this news."
"Tyson was a young, professional firefighter and a talented paramedic. He was a devoted husband, who just became a father for the first time, only one week ago. He was respected by his brothers and sisters in the fire service and will be sorely missed."