Dead end

Posted: July 15, 2014

ARTISTS in older times often painted skulls or sculpted skeletons to remind the masses that they're mortal.

Something like that sort of happened on Friday by accident, about noon, on a busy road in Bucks County, when a corpse fell out of a coroner's office van, laid out for all to see.

"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," eyewitness Jerry Bradley wrote on his Facebook page after snapping a photo.

The body, according to Bradley's photo, appeared to be wrapped in a blanket, still strapped to a gurney in the middle of Street Road with cars all around it.

According to Michael Edwards, a spokesman for Bucks County, the driver immediately knew that a "rear door mechanical malfunction had taken place during the transport of a deceased individual" and immediately returned to the scene to return the deceased to the vehicle, with the help of a bystander.

The county did not identify the deceased and it was not clear yesterday whether family members were notified of the accident.

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

Bradley, the eyewitness who snapped the photo, could not be reached for comment.

On Twitter: @JasonNark


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