Body falls out of coroner's vehicle; left in Pennsylvania intersection

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Body falls out of coroner's vehicle; left in Pennsylvania intersection

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 13, 2014

A corpse strapped to a gurney was accidentally left in the middle of traffic in Lower Southampton, Pennsylvania, after a rear door opened in a country coroner's vehicle while transporting the deceased person to the county morgue.

While waiting at a traffic light on Friday, Bucks County resident Jerry Bradley noticed the gurney while he was stopped at an intersection. "That part of the four-lane highway is under construction and down to one lane in each direction," reports the Bucks County Courier Times. Cars were unbelievably driving around the body, so Bradley pulled over.


“I thought someone was playing a prank,” Bradley explains to the Bucks County Courier Times. “It was the most bizarre thing I’d ever seen.”

Bradley noticed a woman with a Bucks County Coroner Office tee-shirt walking toward the intersection, so he began to push the gurney toward her. "The woman was on a cellphone and Bradley said he heard her telling someone that the rear door of the vehicle just popped open," reports the Bucks County Courier Times. "Bradley described the vehicle as similar to a work truck and marked County Coroner’s Office."

Once Bradley reached the woman, she reportedly thanked him and then pushed the body back to her awaiting vehicle in a nearby Dunkin' Donuts parking lot.

The Bucks County Coroner's Office said in statement, “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,” further reports the Bucks County Courier Times.

It remains unconfirmed whether the family of the deceased person was notified of this bizarre incident.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.