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Corpse Falls Out of Coroner's Van and Onto Pa. Roadway

The corpse, which was on a gurney wrapped in a white sheet, slipped out of the rear door of the coroner's van and onto Street Road Friday in Bucks County.

Photo: Jerry Bradley Facebook
Photo: Jerry Bradley Facebook

A dead body that was being transported by a county coroner’s van fell out of the vehicle and onto a busy Bucks County roadway during the middle of the day.

A door that malfunctioned caused the corpse, which was on a gurney wrapped in a white sheet, to slip out of the rear door and into traffic on Street Road in Feasterville, the Bucks County Coroner’s Office said in a statement following the incident Friday. 

A bystander came to the aid of the deputy coroner and helped retrieve the body, a female who had died from a drug overdose, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.

Jerry Bradley, the driver who stopped and helped to retrieve the body, snapped a picture of the incident. "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 in Feasterville," Bradley wrote on Facebook along with the picture.

Bradley's photo of the corpse in the roadway has been shared more than 2,420 times as of Monday morning.

In a statement the Bucks County Coroner said a rear door mechanical malfunction caused the body to slip free from the vehicle.

“The Bucks County Coroner’s office realized that a rear door mechanical malfunction had taken place during the transport of a deceased individual," Bucks County Coroner Dr. Joseph P. Campbell said in a statement. "The driver immediately knew that this malfunction occurred."

“Care was taken to respect the deceased individual in this instance,” the statement continued. “The Bucks County Coroner’s Office deeply regrets this incident and will take steps to ensure that it is not repeated in the future.”

neighbor July 20, 2014 at 08:21 AM
This is horrible!!! sharing the photo on FB?!?!? The family is most likely devastated that their daughter/sister/possible mother is on drugs and then even worse to have her to succumb to them. Prayers for her family - I hope they NEVER see this article.
zepgod69 July 20, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Sorry, I think this is funny. Even if it happened to someone in my family/friends I could see how others would think it was funny. Lighten up people...
Diane Barnes July 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM
If this happens to me, you all have my permission to laugh.
the truth is a dope July 20, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Another article with comments from "the truth" confirms he is a DOPE
The Truth July 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM
This makes 3. Seriously please kill yourself...

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