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November 29, 2012

Wis. woman dies after banging head in ambulance

The 85-year-old woman was with her husband in an ambulance when it made a sudden stop, causing a fatal injury

By EMS1 Staff

MADISON, Wisc. — An 85-year-old woman died after she hit her head in an ambulance that slammed on the brakes while taking her husband to a hospice.

Laurel Huibregtse died at the University of Wisconsin Hospital just hours before her husband died at the hospice home he was being transported to on Tuesday, according to WTAQ.

Police say the ambulance suddenly hit the brakes to avoid a vehicle that was stopped behind another vehicle that was waiting to make a U-turn.

Although the ambulance didn't hit the vehicle, the sudden braking caused Huibregtse to slide off her seat in the back of the ambulance and bang her head.

The medics were not injured and no criminal charges are expected to be filed, authorities calling it a "tragic accident."

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