Open trailer carrying about 42 bodies breaks down on Joburg freeway

Pictures circulated earlier on Wednesday of a trailer that broke down on the M1 south in Johannesburg carrying more than two dozen bodies in coffins from Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

The bodies were allegedly being transported to the Olifantsvlei Cemetery in the south of Johannesburg.

Eyewitness News reporter, Thando Kubheka, says after the trailer broke down, losing one of its wheels, the police on the scene had to cordon off the freeway.

The trailer, carrying approximately 42 unidentified bodies, is completely open and unsecured reports Kubheka.

It looks like an accident that was waiting to happen.

Thando Kubheka, Eyewitness News reporter

Kubheka tells Bingwa that the City of Johannesburg has confirmed that the driver of the vehicle carrying the bodies couldn't produce official documents pertaining to the transporting of the bodies.

She adds that when she arrived at the scene at around 13h00 she was met by the department of health, alongside the head of forensics in Gauteng.

According to Kubheka, a private undertaker was transporting the bodies.


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