Dead Body Falls Out of Coroner's Van Onto Road

By Alison Burdo
|  Monday, Jul 14, 2014  |  Updated 7:44 PM EDT
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Dead Body Falls Out of Coroner's Van Onto Road

Jerry Bradley/LevittownNow.com

This photo taken on Friday shows a dead body on a gurney that fell out of a coroner's van and onto a busy roadway.

Drivers traveling on a busy Bucks County, Pa. road on Friday had to navigate an unusual obstruction -- a gurney carrying a corpse.

A Bucks County Coroner's Office van was traveling down the 100 block of East Street Road in Lower Southampton, Pa. around noon when the vehicle's rear door malfunctioned, the coroner's office confirms. The body then rolled out of the van and onto the road near the Bucks Crossing Shopping Center.

A photo from the scene shows the body, wrapped in a sheet, sitting in the middle of the street as cars passed.

County officials say the coroner employee driving the van realized what had occurred immediately and circled back to the scene.

A bystander helped the driver remove the body from the road, according to LevittownNow.com.

"The Bucks County Coroner’s Office deeply regrets this incident and will take steps to ensure that it is not repeated in the future,” a county news release said.

An investigation into the incident is underway.

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