Visitation today for EMT worker who died in crash - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Visitation today for EMT worker who died in crash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Visitation for a southern Indiana EMT who died in an ambulance crash will take place today.

50-year-old David Grundle died after the ambulance he was in drove off the side of the road and struck a tree in Clark County.

Visitation for 50-year-old David Grundle will take place from two to eight tonight in Sellersburg. His funeral will be tomorrow at Southeast Christian Church's Indiana Campus.

Gundle, 50, an EMT from Memphis, Ind., was pronounced dead at 4:08 p.m. at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg, said Maj. Chuck Adams of the Clark County Sheriff's Department.

The crash occurred about 3 p.m. along State Road 160 near Monk Road, about two miles east of Henryville.

It was supposed to be a non-emergency call.

At the scene, one could see that a large tree tore through the side of the ambulance.

The fiberglass roof was sheared back and crumpled.

The front passenger compartment was crushed.

Gundle was sitting in the front passenger seat when the ambulance veered from the right side of the curvy road, headed uphill.

"It looks like she failed to negotiate this curve here on 160 and traveled off the roadway and struck a tree pretty much head on," Adams said.

He identified the driver as Erica R. Stoffregen, 26 of Henryville.  She also is an EMT with Clark Co. EMS.

Stoffregen told officers at the scene she remembered Gundle screaming, then she "blacked out," according to Adams.

Stoffregen received minor injuries and was awaiting treatment at University of Louisville Hospital on Wednesday night, police said.

Gundle and Stoffregen were en route to a non-emergency call to check on the welfare of a resident about two miles away.

Stoffregen and a paramedic in a separate vehicle tried to help their co-worker and passenger -- but couldn't do much, Adams said.

State troopers and sheriff's deputies will spend the next few days analyzing physical evidence and a "black box" from the ambulance.

"We have an instrument that can read speed, time of impact, prior-to-impact braking, all those things we'll have at a later date," Adams said.

Investigators had not determined whether the emergency lights and siren were operating when the crash occurred.

Officers say the road was dry at the time of the crash.

An autopsy for Gundle is scheduled Thursday morning in Louisville.

The public information officer for Clark County EMS and its umbrella agency, Sellersburg Fire Department, referred all questions to the sheriff's department late Wednesday.

About the original check on the welfare call: the sheriff's department said that person was dead when a deputy arrived ahead of the ambulance.

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