The coronavirus outbreak has pushed U.S. hospitals and funeral homes to the limit, as they have faced the harsh reality of running out of room to treat those infected and properly dispose of those who have passed away. Apparently, a local Brooklyn funeral home ran out of options, as it reportedly placed almost 100 deceased bodies in unrefrigerated U-Haul trucks.
@CBSNews reports, New York City authorities were shocked upon discovering that almost 100 dead bodies had been placed in several unrefrigerated U-Haul trucks by a local Brooklyn funeral home. Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Services explained that the reason the deceased bodies were placed inside the U-Hauls is because the freezer the company normally uses to store bodies recently stopped working.
The bodies were discovered by New York City authorities after local neighbors began complaining of an overwhelming odor. An eyewitness at the scene stated they saw the bodies in a U-Haul van and that two vans and a truck had been parked outside the funeral home. Currently, no criminal charges were brought against The Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home, but the company was cited for failing to control the odors. Fortunately, a larger, refrigerated truck was able to be obtained later in the day, according to local officials.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released a statement about the discovery:
“While this situation is under investigation, we should not have what we have right now, with trucks lining the streets filled with bodies. It was people who walked by who saw some leakage and detected an odor coming from a truck.”
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, NYC crematoriums have been backed up and funeral directors across the city have pleaded for help as they have run out of space.
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