"I heard this noise, and the next thing, you know, I saw the stretcher with the body on it flying through the intersection".
The moment was captured by the dashcam of a motorist while he was passing through the intersection of Sandringham and Balmoral Roads.
The hearse driver rushes to collect the stretcher.
The undertakers have insisted that there was no body in the gurney.
It rolls through the intersection at speed before coming to a halt at the side of the road.
Robert Russell, branch manager at Davis Funerals in Auckland's Dominion Rd, said the driver had gone to pick up a body from a house, but police at the house turned him away when he could not provide identification.
The astounded onlooker watched as the hearse driver stopped the vehicle, jumped out and retrieved the gurney with the help of a passing motorcyclist.
Davis Funerals managing director Craig Little told NZME there was no body inside at the time - although he can "understand why people might think" there was.
Another witness of the incident, a staff member from Caltex, described the scene as "crazy" and he believed there was a body inside.
'We have a vinyl square pillow to lay people's head and at the foot-end of that stretcher there is a metal bar that can look like people's feet, ' he said.
When he accelerated at the intersection, the stretcher fell out.
The driver of the hearse was returning to one of the company's funeral homes nearby but had not closed the boot of the hearse properly.
The Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand has described it as a "rare mistake", which was being investigated by the funeral home, the Metro reported.