Acadian paramedic injured during deadly crash released from hospital

BATON ROUGE- A little over a month after sustaining severe injuries in a Pointe Coupee Parish crash that killed a coworker, Acadian Ambulance paramedic Hunter Fruge was welcomed home.

Fruge, 24, spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) following the June 27 wreck. Fruge had surgery to correct a pelvis injury.

He began physical therapy in early July, going three hours a day.

“This has been a rough journey so far,” Fruge said Friday. “I am thankful for all of the thoughts and prayers, as well as the people who have been by my side through it all.  We still have a long road ahead of us, but we will continue pushing on!”

Hunter Fruge’s Acadian co-workers help transport him to begin his rehabilitation following injuries sustained during a deadly crash in Pointe Coupee Parish in June. (Photo: Acadian Ambulance)

Deadly crash

Fruge, aged 24, was in the back of the ambulance with a patient when it collided with a Coca-Cola big rig on June 27. Tragically, his partner Kymber Nezat, the ambulance driver, died in the crash. Nezat, who was seven weeks pregnant, also lost her baby in the accident.

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The ambulance’s patient, Albert Bordelon, who had just undergone surgery, also succumbed to his injuries.

Both, Acadian paramedic Fruge and the Coca-Cola truck driver were airlifted to OLOL in Baton Rouge. The Coke driver was released the next day and his wife asked for privacy.

The Fruge family thanks everyone for all their prayers and support of Hunter.

Hunter Fruge
Hunter Fruge sitting alongside his bed (Source: Porter Taylor with Acadian Ambulance)

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