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The person driving the Thurston County, Washington coroner’s van on Monday apparently has a little explaining to do. Somehow they lost two gurneys out the back of the van Monday at an Olympia intersection and didn’t know it. And one of those gurneys was carrying a body.
The van was on its way back to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office just before 12:30 p.m. after responding to a home death.
Olympia Police Lt. Paul Lower said the two gurneys fell out of the back of the van at the intersection of Martin Way East and Phoenix Street Southeast.
The gurney occupied by the deceased person was found in the middle of the intersection, while the second gurney rolled down Phoenix Street Southeast and was found in a parking lot near Pacific Avenue Southeast.
Lower said two officers were near the site when dispatch reported the incident, and were able to quickly reroute traffic away from the area. The coroner’s office was notified and returned to load the gurneys back into the van.