HAMPTON — Firefighters are urging the local drivers to follow the state’s “Move Over Law,” after a vehicle struck an ambulance and another one hit a fire engine in two separate accidents within two days on Interstate 95.
Hampton Fire reported a fire engine was struck Thursday night while it was responding to a reported motor vehicle accident, just one mile before the tolls.
According to a press release issued by the department, two fire engines and an ambulance were positioned behind the motor vehicle involved in the crash and had all of their emergency lights operating. The engines were positioned to block the scene and protect the firefighters responding to the crash.
While the ambulance crew was assessing the driver involved in the crash, another vehicle traveling northbound passed one engine on the right and crashed into the second engine at the scene.
Hampton Fire’s statement says a firefighter driving the engine had been exiting the apparatus and heard the approaching car.
“He closed the door just a moment before the vehicle struck the apparatus,” the press release states.
The firefighter was transported to Exeter Hospital, where he was released without sustaining any significant injuries.
The fire engine sustained significant damage to the driver’s side and was towed.
The accident is being investigated by New Hampshire State Police.