Injured paramedic makes big strides after head-on crash

Author:
Updated:
Original:

An Allina paramedic who was nearly killed in a head-on collision between an ambulance and SUV last month has made significant progress in his recovery since the accident just one month ago, FOX 9 reports.

Brian Nagel, who was working in the back of ambulance at the time of the Jan. 18 crash near Buffalo, Minnesota, suffered a broken neck, a fractured skull and a head injury. The crash also severely injured the EMT driver, Tim Daly, of Albertville. Daly will be in a wheelchair another six to eight weeks, FOX 9 says.

The Star Tribune says the driver of the SUV, Marilyn Paumen, 51, of Monticello, died from her injuries 11 days after the accident. The patient in the ambulance, Laura Worley, 35, of St. Michael, was transferred to another ambulance and transported to Buffalo Hospital.

Nagel, of Greenwood, spent six days in a coma after the accident and started walking again at the end of January, FOX 9 says. Doctors also had to reconstruct the paramedic's eye after the accident.

Wearing a neck brace, Nagel tells the station that he doesn't remember the accident after he woke up at North Memorial Medical Center. During the time he was out, he believes he had an "out of body" experience where he visited Nicaragua.

Nagel, who is now recovering at home, says he's grateful for the visits in the hospital from Daly, and the support of his fellow paramedics who helped save his life. He's also been touched by the overwhelming support of people on his CaringBridge page, which has been visited more than 60,000 times.

"Sometimes in my business, you see tough things out there and forget there are amazing people out there," Nagel told FOX 9. "It reaffirms the world is good. There is hope out there and love and kindness."

Earlier this month, investigators told FOX 9 that the heavy snow the day of the accident is making it impossible to tell who was at fault in the accident. Investigators said Paumen had a .035 blood alcohol level at the time of the accident, which is well under the .08 legal limit.

[preserve]KMSP-TV[/preserve]

Next Up

ballot voting vote

Appeals court changes rules for MN absentee ballots received after Election Day

Pending a further challenge, votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day may not be counted.

Donald Trump

Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

covid saliva test

Minnesota opening its 7th saliva testing location in St. Paul

The tests are free and open to anyone regardless of if they have symptoms.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.

Related