Hearse Driver in Carpool Lane Tells Cop He Thought Corpse Counted

On Monday in Las Vegas, Nevada State Trooper Travis Smaka pulled over a minivan in the carpool lane that appeared to have only one occupant--the driver. The van turned out to be an undercover hearse carrying a corpse, which the driver thought counted toward the two-person minimum to travel in the HOV lane on Interstate 15. But that's not the case. "When they're dead, they're cargo," a crematorium manager tellsThe Reno GazetteJournal, seconding the opinion of State Trooper Jason Buratczuk, who notes that fetuses don't count as occupants either. At any rate, Smaka let the hearse driver off with a warning, adding, "In this job, you hear people's excuses for different things all day long, and that's the most original one I've had yet in my career."

Does a dead body count for carpool? Hearse runs afoul of HOV laws

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