A motorist has filmed a body bag falling out of the boot of a hearse at a busy junction in New Zealand.
The driver was pretty shocked at what he saw at the intersection in Auckland.
However, undertakers have said that there was no corpse on the gurney but the incident is being investigated.
The driver who witnessed it said: ‘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 worker at a nearby petrol station said it was ‘crazy’ as he saw the driver of the hearse load the body bag back into the vehicle at around 12.45pm yesterday.
Craig Little, managing director of Davis Funerals, has insisted there was no body inside the bag when the video was filmed.
He said: ‘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.’
Mr Little said the hearse driver was returning to the funeral home on Dominion Rd with an empty body bag but had unfortunately failed to close the boot properly before driving off.
When he accelerated at the intersection, the stretcher fell out.
The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand said the incident was a ‘rare mistake’ which was being investigated by the funeral home.
Chief executive Katrina Shanks said she was adamant that it would not have happened if there was a body inside.
She said: ‘If there was a deceased person that was being transported it would not have happened, as the system would have been different.
‘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.
‘Obviously no one wants to lose anything in the middle of an intersection, let alone a stretcher out the back.
‘I know that the company that is involved is looking at their policies and process and implementing additional training on top of what they already do, to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
‘It was a basic human error, but the most important thing is that we believe it won’t happen again.
‘It was a very unfortunate incident and I know the funeral home is looking at it very seriously.’
It’s not the first time such an incident has been captured on camera in Auckland.