Coroner: Vehicle that lost corpse near retirement

A Philadelphia coroner retired a transport vehicle after a corpse fell out and tumbled onto a busy roadway. (File) (Tim Boyles, 2014 Getty Images)
A Philadelphia coroner retired a transport vehicle after a corpse fell out and tumbled onto a busy roadway. (File) (Tim Boyles, 2014 Getty Images)
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 7/14 6:00 am

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia coroner says a transport vehicle from which a corpse tumbled onto a busy roadway was to have been taken out of service later this month and replaced.

Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell told the Bucks County Courier Times that the converted pickup was retired immediately after a door malfunctioned at about noon Friday, sending the body onto the Lower Southampton Township road.

Officials said the driver realized immediately that the door had opened and retrieved the body within minutes.

Campbell said the vehicle's age and accumulated wear and tear were to blame for the accident, which he called "a horrible thing."

He promised Sunday that his office would immediately put into effect new "double and triple" checks on its transport vehicles.

___

Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com

 

©2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Share
NEWSCASTS ON DEMAND

What's On

All content © Copyright 2014 Intermountain West Communications Company. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
You may also view our Sitemap

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.