EMS worker dies in southern Indiana ambulance crash

Major Chuck Adams
Major Chuck Adams
Kenny Shaw
Kenny Shaw
David Gundle and his family (Source: Gundle family)
David Gundle and his family (Source: Gundle family)

Henryville, IN - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

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HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana EMS worker was killed and another hurt in a crash in Clark County. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. off Highway 160 near Munk Road, about two miles outside Henryville.

According to Major Chuck Adams, with the Clark County Sheriff's Department, the Clark County EMS ambulance was driving east on Highway 160, responding to a non-emergency call on Fox Road, when the driver, 26-year-old Erica Stoffregen, failed to take a curve, left the road and hit a tree. Adams says the ambulance crashed two miles from its destination.

Kenny Shaw, who lives off Highway 160, said he heard a noise when he was inside his home.

"When I looked up at the top of the hill, I saw all the lights. And I knew it was pretty serious," he said.

Shaw says he watched crews remove the ambulance from the scene.

"I saw 'em pulling it out and have it on the back of the flatbed and boy it was a mess. I don't see how anybody got out of it," said Shaw.

Stoffregen suffered non-life threatening injuries. Her partner, 50-year-old David Gundle,was pronounced dead at the Scott County Hospital. Adams said an autopsy is planned for Thursday.

The crash remains under investigation. The Clark County EMS ambulance is based out of the Henryville-Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department.

According to Adams, this is the second deadly accident Stoffregen has been involved in. He says Stoffregen was a passenger in a previous fatal crash.

Gundle leaves behind a wife and combined they have six children. Those who knew him say he died doing what he loved, helping others.

For the last three years Gundle has worked as an EMT for Clark County, before that he served as a fire fighter and a police officer.

"He also volunteered at his church and community and just had a tremendous servant's heart and just wanted to help people, that was his passion in life," said Eric Johnson with Supporting Heroes.

Johnson has been by the family's side during this tragedy.

"They're doing well as you can expect," said Johnson. "This is a very difficult time, a very tragic situation, they are struggling, but they are a family of great faith and they are doing well."

The visitation for Gundle has been set for Friday Dec. 10 at Garr Funeral Home in Sellersburg, Indiana from 2 to 8 p.m.

The funeral will take place on Saturday at the Indiana campus of Southeast Christian Church. The funeral is at 2 p.m. and the visitation starts at noon.

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