A pickup truck overturned on a Chinese highway, spilling 16 dead bodies onto the tarmac.
Police closed the road in Luozhou, Sichuan province, at first suspecting that they had stumbled across a serial killer. However, the driver soon revealed that he was a professor at a nearby medical school and that he had bought the bodies for his students to use in class.
Police called a number of ambulances to take the bodies to medical school's storage facility.
"They began to go off pretty quickly once they were stretched out in the sun. The smell was sickening," a motorist told the media.
The Luozhou Medical School has since been slammed for carrying the bodies "without dignity" on the small truck.
But the school defended itself.
"We bought the bodies legally and fairly," said a spokesperson.
"They are the remains of unclaimed murder victims, street people who have died and criminals who have been executed."