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Ambulance driver dies in Altona crash

November 27, 2012
The Associated Press

ALTONA (AP) - Authorities say the driver of a volunteer ambulance has died and three other people riding in the vehicle are hospitalized after it crashed on a northern New York road while transporting a patient.

State police say 45-year-old Eric Monty of Mooers was driving the Champlain EMS ambulance around 12:15 a.m. today when it crashed on a curve in the town of Altona, near the Canadian border. Troopers say the ambulance hit a ditch and an embankment.

Monty was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ambulance crew members Susan Roberts and Peter Coulombe and patient Gary Lamarche were injured.

Roberts and Lamarche are in stable condition at the Plattsburgh hospital. Coulombe is in critical condition at a hospital in Burlington, Vt.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.



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