Commuters were in for a shock at a busy intersection in Central Auckland, New Zealand, on Wednesday afternoon when a gurney fell out of a hearse as it was making a turn, and which eyewitnesses said had a dead body in its bag.
The moment was captured by the dashcam of a motorist while he was passing through the intersection of Sandringham and Balmoral Roads.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the motorist, who didn't want to be named, believed that there was a body on the gurney because it made a loud noise when it fell off the hearse.
He told the New Zealand Herald, “I was a bit shocked really. I heard this noise, and the next thing you know I see the stretcher with the body on it flying through the intersection.”
A nearby petrol station worker, who was serving a customer and got distracted by the noise of the gurney falling on the road, also believed there was a body on the gurney.
Craig Little, the managing director of Davis Funeral told the Herald there was no body on the gurney. However, he said he could understand why anyone would think that there was a body on the stretcher.
“We have a vinyl square pillow to lay people’s head and at the foot-end of that stretcher there is a metal bar that can look like people’s feet," he said.
According to the report, Little said that the driver of the hearse was returning to the funeral home on Dominion Road; he had not closed the boot of the car properly because of which the incident happened.