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.
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National Transportation Safety BoardBureau of Accident Investigation, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC United States 20594
- Publication Date: 1979-5-3
- Pagination: 30 p.
- TRT Terms: Ambulances; Automated vehicle control; Control; Crash investigation; Divided highways; Driver performance; Drivers; Emergency vehicles; Handling characteristics; Personnel performance; Rollover crashes; Steering; Traffic crashes
- Uncontrolled Terms: Handling; Motor vehicle accidents
- Geographic Terms: New Hampshire
- Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors;
- 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