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Accident Report Detail

Ross Ambulance Service, Ambulance Overturn, State Route 116

Executive Summary

‚ÄčAbout 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. The attendants in the ambulance were killed and the driver was injured. The patient had died before the accident.

Probable Cause

‚ÄčThe 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.

Accident Location: Littleton , NH    
Accident Date: 8/22/1978
Accident ID: 79613

Date Adopted: 5/3/1979
NTSB Number: HAR-79-04
NTIS Number: PB-296889/AS

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