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Trailer transporting bodies stuck on M1

The trailer is loaded with the coffins of 16 adults and 26 stillborn infants, which were being transported to the Olifantsvlei Cemetery.

A trailer carrying over two dozen dead bodies is seen on the M1 in Braamfontein after an accident. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A trailer carrying more than two dozen bodies from Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital to the Olifantsvlei Cemetery in the south of Joburg was stuck on the M1 south in Braamfontein after its wheel came off.

The trailer was loaded with the coffins of 16 adults and 26 stillborn infants.

Six forensic pathology vans earlier arrived on the scene to transport the coffins to the burial site.

A section of the M1 south highway near the Smit Street offramp was closed off to traffic.

About a dozen forensic pathology service vehicles were on the scene to transport the bodies to a burial site in Olifantsvlei.

Head of forensic medical services in Gauteng Dr Medupi Modisane said: “We’ve contracted private undertakers to perform proper burials for us.”

The open trailer carrying the coffins, which were covered in a white plastic sheet, was stationed on one of the lanes on the freeway.

The Gauteng Health Department said it's launched an investigation into how a private undertaker was hired for this transfer.

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