An accident involving an emergency vehicle occurred Wednesday night on I-95, where a North Hampton ambulance was struck by a motor vehicle while responding to an accident.
North Hampton Fire Chief Jason Lajoie said the ambulance and two fire engines were called to respond to an accident at 8:45 p.m. that had occurred just north of the Hampton Toll Plaza.
Lajoie said the ambulance, utilizing emergency lights and siren, was traveling in the northbound lane. As the ambulance crossed travel lanes to access the median, where the accident occurred, it was struck by a vehicle also traveling northbound, he said.
Lajoie said the ambulance was struck on the driver’s side and received extensive damage rendering the vehicle inoperable.
He said no injuries were reported.
North Hampton crews were assisted by Hampton Fire/Rescue and the Hampton Police Department. The ambulance was towed by National Wrecker.
Lajoie said New Hampshire State Police are handling the investigation of the accident. He said the driver of the vehicle that struck the ambulance received a summons for failure to yield to emergency vehicles.
Hampton Fire and Rescue and North Hampton Fire & Rescue announced they would like to stress the dangers of emergency operations on roadways and remind motorists to slow down, move over or stop for emergency vehicles.
New Hampshire RSA 265:37-a, known as the “Move Over Law,” was adopted in 2016 to provide for the safety of emergency personnel operating at highway emergencies.
The law states motorists approaching a highway emergency should do the following: Maintain a reduced speed; obey directions of any authorized person directing traffic and of all applicable emergency signals and traffic control devices; vacate as soon as possible any lane wholly or partially blocked; and give a wide berth, without endangering oncoming traffic, to public safety personnel, any persons in the roadway, and vehicles displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights.