Shocking footage has emerged appearing to show a dead body fall out of a hearse and roll across a busy intersection.
The incident was captured on a motorist’s dashcam as he drove in central Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday afternoon.
The man who saw the gurney rolling across the road told the New Zealand Herald he believed a body was on it after hearing a bang as he pulled up to the lights.
‘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,’ he said.
A staff member at the Caltex petrol station nearby said he peered outside to see the driver of the hearse hurriedly putting the gurney and body bag back into the car, describing it as a ‘crazy’ scene.
Davis Funeral managing director Craig Little told the Herald there was no body on the gurney.
‘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,’ he said.
The driver of the hearse was returning to one of the company’s funeral homes nearby but had not closed the boot of the hearse properly.
When he began to drive off at the intersection the gurney fell out.
The hearse can be seen parking nearby with its boot wide open after the gurney rolls across the road, before the driver rushes out of the car with a phone to his ear and picks it up.