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ALTONA - An ambulance driver died following an accident early Tuesday morning in the town of Altona and left two others with injuries.

Eric S. Monty, 45, had a heart attack and died while driving an ambulance on state Route 190. The ambulance left the roadway and entered a ditch, struck a utility pole guide wire and a telecommunications box, and traveled up an earth embankment before coming to rest partially across Duley Road. Mr. Monty was dead at the scene.

Dr. Deonarayan Saha performed an autopsy on Mr. Monty at Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital (CVPH) in Plattsburgh and determined the cause of death to be cardiac arrest due to severe coronary atherosclerotic heart disease and thrombosis in the left coronary artery.

A second EMT in the vehicle, Peter A. Coulombe, 26, of Champlain was listed in critical condition with a traumatic head injury at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vt.

A third EMT in the ambulance, Susan M. Roberts, 52, of Mooers was taken to CVPH in Plattsburgh for treatment of injuries and was listed in stable condition.

The patient being transported at the time of the wreck, Gary G. Lamarche, 55, of Altona was listed in stable condition at CVPH.

State police say there is an ongoing investigation into the crash.

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