Shocked Motorist Sees Body Bag 'Fly Through' NZ Intersection
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A motorist has described the horrifying moment he thought he saw a body fly out from the back of a hearse.
The macabre scene of a gurney rolling down the road was caught on dashcam at a busy intersection in Auckland.
It shows a hearse with its boot open as it turned at an intersection, followed closely by what the driver thought was a body in a body bag on a gurney, which rolled through the intersection at speed.
With its book still open, the hearse pulls up and the driver runs out while on the phone before picking up the body bag and putting it back in the hearse.
The funeral company, however, has since said the body bag was empty at the time.
"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 told the New Zealand Herald, explaining the shape of the body bag.
The hearse driver had unfortunately failed to close the boot properly before driving off.
When he accelerated at the intersection, the gurney fell out.
The motorist had assumed a piece of timber had fallen from a car and said he certainly didn't expect to see what looked like a body.
"I was a bit shocked really," he told the New Zealand Herald.
"I heard this noise, and the next thing you know I see the stretcher with the body on it flying through the intersection."
Katrina Shanks, Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand chief executive, is adamant that it would not have happened if there was a body inside.
"If there was a deceased person that was being transported it would not have happened, as the system would have been different," Shanks told the Herald.
Shanks understood that some members of the public might have found it disturbing and reiterated that it would not happen again.
"It can be upsetting to members of the public, the funeral home is looking at it very seriously and that's all we can do at this stage, she said.
New Zealand Herald