Margaret Allsop named as ambulance crash death victim

Ambulance in a ditch
Image caption East Midlands Ambulance Service said no other vehicle was involved in the accident

A woman who died when an ambulance taking her to hospital left the road and crashed into a ditch has been named.

Margaret Allsop, 75, from Sutton on Sea, was being taken from her home to Boston's Pilgrim Hospital when the crash happened early on Monday morning.

The ambulance left the A16 at Sibsey near the junction with High Ferry Lane.

Two male ambulance service staff, aged 62 and 52, were treated for minor injuries.

An inquest into Mrs Allsop's death was opened and adjourned in Spilsby, Lincolnshire on Thursday.

At the hearing a coroner said a post-mortem examination carried out on Tuesday revealed that Mrs Allsop, a widow, died from head and chest injuries.

It has not been revealed whether the injuries were caused by the crash or why the pensioner was being taken to hospital.

A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said the ambulance did not have its blue lights flashing at the time of the accident and had been travelling "at normal road speed".

Police have appealed for witnesses.

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