Body on gurney flies out of coroner vehicle - New York News

Body on gurney flies out of coroner vehicle

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Photo courtesy Jerry Bradley Photo courtesy Jerry Bradley

A suburban Philadelphia coroner says a transport vehicle that dropped a corpse onto a busy roadway was to have been taken out of service later this month and replaced.

Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell told the Bucks County Courier Times that the converted pickup was retired immediately after a door malfunctioned at about noon Friday, sending the body onto the Lower Southampton Township road.

Jerry Bradley, a former MMA Fighter who works at the Grindhouse MMA Academy, took a photo of the body in the road.

He posted it on his Facebook page writing: "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."

Officials said the driver realized immediately that the door had opened and retrieved the body within minutes.

Campbell said the vehicle's age and accumulated wear and tear were to blame for the accident, which he called "a horrible thing."

He promised that his office would immediately put into effect new "double and triple" checks on its transport vehicles.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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