BARNSTEAD — Four members of the town's Fire Department and the seriously-ill patient they were taking to Concord Hospital escaped serious injury Tuesday night after a car collided head-on with the town's ambulance just before 8 p.m.
Police Sgt. Joseph McDowell said yesterday that the ambulance was headed south on Route 28 toward Concord when one of the drivers headed northbound apparently lost control of his or her car and skidded into the southbound lane.
The driver of the ambulance was able to take some evasive action but a collision still resulted, sending the ambulance off the side of the road. McDowell said it was precariously perched on the side of the road but fortunately didn't roll over.
In a media statement, Chief Mark Tetreault said crews continued to provide care to the patient until an ambulance from Pittsfield Fire Department could transport the patient to Concord Hospital.
He said the driver of the ambulance was later taken to Concord Hospital for evaluation.
McDowell said the roads were slippery at the time with recently fallen snow. He said the accident was reported by a Carroll County Deputy Sheriff, who was transporting a prisoner. He said the sheriff helped until police and other rescue crews could get there.
The N.H. State Police are investigating the crash, said McDowell, who explained that since the ambulance belongs to the town, the town's police cannot investigate it.
Tetreault said the 2011 Ford/PL Custom ambulance has serious damage but he does not think it will be a total loss. He said Barnstead has a second reserve ambulance that will be "pressed into service" in the interim.