Four trucks crammed with 60 corpses were found by police near the funeral home
NYPD responded to a message stating that some liquid was leaking from suspicious trucks. Later it turned out that these were mobile freezers in which bodies were stored for cremation.
CNN reports that all four cars were overloaded, and in one of them the refrigeration unit did not work and therefore the mountains of corpses lay lined with ice.
"Funeral directors are required to store decedents awaiting burial or other final disposition in appropriate conditions and to follow their routine infection prevention and control precautions," the New York State Health Department said in a statement regarding the incident.
The owner of a funeral home located in Brooklyn declined to comment.
According to official information, almost 18 thousand people died from the coronavirus in New York. Earlier, city services reported that the morgues were ready for any situation and since mid-March have been working at full capacity.
New York has freezer trucks that funeral homes can use if they are overwhelmed, and the city sent one to hold the bodies, CNN affiliate WABC reported.
It is currently unknown whether the owner of the funeral home will face any fines.