Eighty-five-year old Madison woman has died after banging her head in an ambulanceWisconsin News
-- An 85-year-old Madison woman has died, after she banged her head in an ambulance that slammed on the brakes while transporting her husband to a hospice facility.
An 85-year-old Madison woman has died, after she banged her head in an ambulance that slammed on the brakes while transporting her husband to a hospice facility. Laurel Huibregtse died at U-W Hospital, just hours before her 86-year-old husband Donald passed away at the hospice home where he was taken in Fitchburg. Both died on Tuesday, a day after the mishap. Fitchburg Police said the ambulance driver suddenly hit the brakes to avoid hitting a vehicle that was stopped behind another vehicle that was waiting to make a “U”-turn. Lieutenant Chad Brecklin said there was not a collision – but the impact of the braking forced Laurel Huibregtse to slide off her seat in the back of the ambulance and hit her head. Brecklin said the matter is still being investigated, but he does not expect criminal charges to be filed. He calls it a tragic accident. The ambulance driver and an attendant were not injured. A relative said Donald Huibregtse died after a long battle with cancer. He’s a former publisher of the Monona Community Herald and McFarland Community Life.
A fishing vessel might have got tangled up in crab pot lines when it went down off the coast of Washington State in March, killing a Kaukauna man and three others. A co-owner of an underwater salvage company told Coast Guard investigators this week that crab pots were pulled down in the area for some reason. And a crab pot line with three buoys got caught on the rudder of the Lady Cecilia, which sank about 20 miles west of Washington’s Leadbetter Point. 25-year-old Christopher Langel of Kaukauna, an observer for a fisheries’ service, died in the mishap along with the skipper and two deck hands from Washington and Oregon. Coast Guard officers and a salvage ship found the Lady Cecilia’s wreckage in September, about seven months after the boat went down. Since then, the Coast Guard has held two rounds of hearings into what happened and why. Investigators were told that the boat could not escape – and it could not send a distress signal from its place underwater. Just before the mishap, the skipper called a nearby boat and said he was sending 70-thousand pounds of fish to a processing plant. The Coast Guard expects to finish its probe of the incident by next March. A final report could be made public by next summer.