A dead body falls from a coroner's van in the middle of traffic, shocking drivers. The corpse that was on a gurney dropped out of a coroner's van and landed in the middle of a road in Feasterville, Pennsylvania on Friday, USA Today reports.
The Bucks County Coroner's Office thinks a "mechanical malfunction with a rear door" resulted in the unexpected incident.
A photo posted to Facebook by Bucks County resident, Jerry Bradley, on July 11, reading:
"Just when I thought I've seen everything. That's a dead body on a stretcher that launched out of the back of a coroner's vehicle in Feasterville."
The coroner's office says the driver of the vehicle promptly turned around to pick up the body and gurney.
The coroner's statement read this, according to the Bucks County Courier Times:
"Care was taken to respect the deceased individual in this instance. The Bucks County Coroner's Office deeply regrets this incident and will take steps to ensure that it is not repeated in the future."
Bradley claims he was the only who helped the driver remove the stretcher at a traffic light intersection. He didn't understand why no one else stopped. The man who helped out recalls noticing the gurney on the road, which is part of a four-lane highway under construction and only one lane is open in each direction. The exact location is at Bucks Crossing Shopping Center east of Bustleton Pike.
Drivers were driving around the dead body that fell out of the coroner's van, but Bradley pulled over. He recounts:
"I thought someone was playing a prank. Someone is pranking people. It was the most bizarre thing I'd ever seen."
A part of Bradley doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at the bizarre event. He thinks about the dead person's family and still finds it hard to believe. He keeps looking at the photo on Facebook that had over 1,300 likes as of Saturday night. Bradley continues:
"I have to keep going back to look at it to believe it happened. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry. If that was my loved one I'd be angry."
The corpse fell out of the van at about noon on Friday. County spokesman Chris Edwards says the vehicle was making its way to the county coroner's office in Warminster. Family of the deceased was notified of the incident.
[Photo Credit: Facebook via USA Today]