Ashley Shamblen

Ashley Shamblen, a fifth-grade Montandon Elementary School student, was recently involved in helping at the scene of a crash she and her father encountered along Route 254 near Washingtonville.

MONTANDON — A fifth-grade Montandon Elementary School student learned first-hand this week the importance of lending a helping hand to someone in danger.

Ashley Shamblen, 11, said she and her father Merrill were traveling along Route 254, just west of Washingtonville, on Monday when her father spotted a vehicle off the roadway.

“We went down a country road to see what it was,” Ashley said. “We got out and we heard somebody yelling for help. There was a lady ejected from a truck.”

Police said the crash occurred at 12:20 p.m. as Kathryn T. Bower, 34, of Danville, lost control of her 2004 Ford F-150 on a snow-covered roadway.

Ashley said her father gave Bower his sweatshirt and asked his daughter to call 9-1-1.

“There was no (cell phone) service,” Ashley said.

Fortunately, Ashley said her father has a cell-phone booster, which she used to place the call to 9-1-1.

While waiting for emergency help to arrive, Ashley said her father gave the lady another coat to help her stay warm.

“He told me to put on his reflective vest and stand by the guide rail,” Ashley explained. “I had to wait for the ambulance to come so I could tell them where (the crash) was.”

In spite of encountering a scary situation, Ashley said she remained “cool headed” as she assisted with directing emergency responders to the scene.

“On the inside, my heart was racing, my hands were shaking,” she said.

Ashley said it’s important to stop and render assistance when first coming upon a crash.

“It’s important to stop and help because you don’t know how long the person was there,” she said. “My dad did the biggest part of it and I’m proud of him.”

Ashley is the daughter of Merrill and Lisa Shamblen. She has a 7-year-old brother, Levi.

Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email

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