Nashua Fire Rescue engine collides with car

NASHUA – A Nashua Fire Rescue engine responding to a call at the Pheasant Mall on Saturday night was apparently involved in a minor accident.

According to police, the engine was heading south on Daniel Webster Highway around 8:09 p.m. when it stopped to make a right turn into the mall by Uno Chicago Grill. The engine was responding to a box alarm at the mall.

According to witnesses, the engine stopped before turning and appeared to have a green light. A piece of emergency equipment on the engine that, in emergencies, sends a signal to stoplights, turning them green for fire trucks, appeared to be working, police said.

Other vehicles going north on Daniel Webster Highway had stopped. However, a Hyundai Elantra was still moving when the fire engine turned, according to police.

The engine and the car collided, with the Elantra sustaining damage on the driver’s side. There were four people in the car. Two were taken to St. Joseph Hospital and two were taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. All were treated for minor injuries and released.

Firefighters did have pry off the driver’s-side door, police said.

The driver of the Elantra told police he wasn’t sure whether the light was green. A passenger in the car said they had a green light.

There was one eyewitness, who said he saw the fire engine stop but was too far away to see the traffic light.

Two engines were responding to the alarm and the other engine proceeded to the call, police said.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call them at 594-3500.