This is the shocking moment a bodybag flew out of the boot of a hearse and rolled across a busy road on a stretcher.
The startling footage, captured on dashcam by a passing motorist, shows the stretcher carrying what was thought to be a dead body fall out of the boot of the vehicle in Auckland, New Zealand.
The hearse, its boot still open, pulled up in front of the gurney after it came to a halt and the driver was seen running out with his phone pressed to his ear.
The driver then picks up the body bag and puts it back in the hearse, helped by a passing motorcyclist.
The motorist, who did not wish to be named, said he assumed a piece of timber or a heavy item had fallen from the car when he heard a bang – and did not expect to see what looked like a body.
He added: “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.”
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However, undertakers responsible for the morbid mishap have since insisted there was no corpse on the gurney when the clip was filmed and the incident is now being investigated.
Craig Little, managing director of Davis Funerals, 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..
She added: “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.”