A small amount of methamphetamine was found in the blood of the driver of a pickup that collided with a Weeping Water, Neb., ambulance, killing both drivers.

Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox said Thursday that a second toxicology exam revealed low levels of meth in the bloodstream of William “B.J.” Whitlatch, 24, of Syracuse, Neb.

An earlier toxicology exam was negative for alcohol or drugs, and the second exam was set to search for lower drug levels, Cox said.

Cox said medical examiners told him the level of drugs in Whitlatch was not considered large enough to impair him. He said there is no indication that Whitlatch suffered a medical condition.

The pickup crossed the center line June 11 on U.S. Highway 34 and struck an ambulance driven by Robert Hanes Sr., 51, of Weeping Water.

Whitlatch and Hanes died, and three people inside the ambulance were injured.

A 911 caller told Cass County emergency dispatchers before the crash that they were following a pickup moving erratically while eastbound on Highway 34 near Elmwood.

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