Body discovered during COVID-19 epidemic in unrefrigerated trucks in New York

Body discovered during COVID-19 epidemic in unrefrigerated trucks in New York


New York City sent a freezer truck to a funeral home on Wednesday after it was found holding bodies in unrefrigerated U-Haul trucks, an eyewitness told Reuters.

The witness saw bodies in a U-Haul vehicle and said two vehicles and one truck had been parked outside the home of the funeral.

ABC News confirmed that about 100 bodies were placed in the trucks after the owner of the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Services funeral home said the freezer had stopped functioning regularly in shops.

The owner was not named by ABC and no one was immediately available for comment at the funeral home. It was not known how long the bodies were kept in the U-Hauls, or if any were victims of COVID-19.

The body was found after neighbors noticed a smell from the vehicles, said new york media.

Department of Police in New York refused to comment. Health department could not be contacted directly for comment.

New York City was at the center of the global coronavirus epidemic and was overwhelmed by the funeral homes in the region. As of Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by Reuters, more than 18,000 people died from COVID-19 in America's largest city.

Funeral homes complain they face weeks-long delays for burying the dead or cremating them.


Image: A woman walks past trucks full of bodies of deceased people outside the Andrew Cleckley Funeral Home, during coronavirus outbreak in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, US, April 29, 2020.