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Posted: 11 Aug 2014
A German man has turned an ambulance into a hearse
Thomas Schlichte is one of what we can only assume is a rare breed: a German undertaker with a sense of humour.
Because Herr Schlicte has this week augmented his fleet of hearses with a converted ambulance. Yes, a van designed for transporting ill people to a place where they'll hopefully get better has been converted into a van for transporting dead people to a place where they definitely won't get better.
"The vehicle has attracted a lot of attention, and the majority of it was positive," says Thomas, failing to expand on what form the un-positive attention might have taken."
"The advantage is that it is so large inside that all the deceased's loved ones can sit in the back with them. I know most people are used to ambulances going at quite a pace, but our journeys are more sedate and dignified."
Still, Top Gear fears the ambulohearse has the potential to cause confusion. "At last, an ambulance! I'm badly hurt, but if you can get me to hospital quickly, I might just... oh."
Please note: standard, non-hearse Ambulance pictured