A dead baby has been discovered on the side of a road after it fell from a vehicle transporting corpses to a morgue.
The baby had accidentally been left on the roof of the car, which was on the way to the John Tonge Centre in Australia.
When the car arrived at the mortuary, staff noticed the body was missing.
The baby was later found by road workers on the side of a nearby street.
The family were informed and are said to be ‘extremely distressed’.
The funeral contracting firm involved has reportedly been suspended while the incident is investigated.
A Queensland Health spokesperson told the Sunshine Coast Daily: ‘This is an incredibly distressing incident… We have spoken with the family to explain what happened, support them and to apologise.
‘This transport was not undertaken by Queensland Health but by a licenced private funeral contractor.
‘Queensland Health has already begun a process to fully investigate the contractor’s actions, so that nothing like this ever happens again.’