Tragic accident kills 3 and causes rescuer to have heart attack

A tragic accident that left two siblings and one adult dead also created a medical emergency for the first responder on scene.

Eric Neibaur, 15, and his 13-year-old sister, Lauren, died Sunday after a head-on collision on US 30 near McCammon, Idaho. The siblings were in a pickup truck driven by Eric.  The two were returning from a camping trip.

According to reports, the truck drifted into the eastbound lane where it collided with an SUV driven by Jay Lanningham, 70.   All 3 people were killed.

The scene was so shocking that the first responder who arrived suffered a massive heart attack while pulling bodies from the vehicles.  Thankfully, he is expected to survive.

Another first responder was given the day off to recuperate after the grief he encountered watching relatives at the scene try to pull the bodies from the vehicles.

According to reports, the two teens were following their parents Eric and Bobbi Neibaur who were traveling in the car ahead.

The teens are remembered as having had a special connection. An article in the Idaho State Journal says the two “were as close in life as twins without actually being born at the same time.”  A family friend described the bond as “unique” and said they “had a magical connection.”

The Neibaur family says they’ve received a lot of community support. They also reached out to the Lanningham family. “We send them our prayers and wishes because they are dealing with the same situation,” Bobbi Neibaur said.

Jay Lanningham was a passionate outdoorsman and was actively involved in the lives of his five grandchildren. He is survived by two sons.

A funeral service will be held for the Neibaur siblings in Pocatello on Friday. A “celebration of life” will be held on Saturday for Lanningham in Garden City.

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