Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Rather Unusual Occupational Fatality

In "The Laughing Corpse", a book about a 300-year-old zombie, Laurell K. Hamilton wrote “Stupidity isn't punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop".  While countless people would agree with that statement, when it comes to stupidity, self inflicted death is often the net result. This is another great example of it:

In January 2000, a truck carrying a load of broccoli from Los Angeles to Ohio hadn't reached its destination and its owners opened an inquiry with the police. In the northern hemisphere January is a winter month and the seemingly abandoned truck was located four days later in freezing conditions. Authorities thawed and refueled the vehicle and found that apart from an empty tank, the lorry had no mechanical problems.

Upon discovering seven bricks of marijuana among the driver's belongings, the police became exceedingly interested in his whereabouts and initiated a search. The broccoli was on pallets and it wasn't before too long, that a patrolman noticed a pair of feet sticking out above them.

The cargo was quickly unloaded in the cold Ohio winter and the frozen body of the driver was found standing precisely upside down, attached to the floor of the trailer by his head. With the help of space heaters, the unlucky stiff was eventually pried off the floor, his corpse however had to be turned on its side to be loaded into the rescue squad vehicle, as his frozen arm was sticking out and wouldn't fit through the door.

A stash of cocaine was also found between the pallets and the Cuyahoga County coroner's office determined that the man was most likely trying to retrieve it when he fell and knocked himself unconscious. He soon suffered from a fatal case of hypothermia and died in the icy air.


Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


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