HIGHWAY ACCIDENT REPORT - OVERTURN OF ROSS AMBULANCE SERVICE AMBULANCE, STATE ROUTE 116, LITTLETON, NEW HAMPSHIRE, AUGUST 22, 1978

About 3:30 p.m. on August 22, 1978, an ambulance transporting a cardiac patient to a hospital and traveling at a calculated speed of 90 to 95 mph failed to negotiate a curve on New Hampshire State Route 116 east of Littleton, New Hampshire, and rolled over. Two persons in the ambulance were killed and the driver was injured. The patient had died before the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was loss of control of the ambulance, which had oversteer characteristics, by an unskilled driver at a high rate of speed. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the driver's lack of training in the operation of the ambulance at high speeds.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Errata Sheet inserted.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Bureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1979-5-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198919
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-HAR-79-4
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM