MOUNT UNION - Ethan Lynn Amsbaugh, 22, of Mount Union, died in an ambulance accident at 6:37 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Route 22 in Brady Township, Huntingdon County, according to a report from Pennsylvania State Police Huntingdon.
The report states the 2001 Ford F350 Super Duty Ambulance, driven by Deborah May Mease, 55, of Mount Union, was traveling east on U.S. Route 22 in Brady Township when it crossed over the westbound lanes and left the road, striking a road sign and an embankment, causing it to roll onto its passenger side and come to rest in the westbound lanes approximately 100 feet from where it re-entered the roadway.
According to the report, Amsbaugh was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the ambulance when it rolled.
Amsbaugh and Mease were transported to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, where Mease was treated for minor injuries.
Amsbaugh was a volunteer ambulance driver for Mount Union Fire Company No. 1, Jeff Harman, the station's public information officer, said, adding that Amsbaugh and Mease were on their way back from an inter-hospital transfer.
Harman described the loss as if it was a member of his own family.
"One minute we're laughing and the next minute, everybody's crying," he said, adding that the veteran members of the company are using their experience to help the younger members-Amsbaugh's friends.
"We have to continue on obviously. People talk about the brotherhood and sisterhood - that's what we're relying on right now. It's a family atmosphere."