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Just when CHP officers thought they'd seen it all, casket discovered on Highway 101 on Central Coast

CHP officers made a startling find off of Highway 101 on the Central Coast: a casket. Fortunately, it was empty.

Fortunately, officers say the casket was empty. A homeless woman was taking it to a swap meet to try to sell it.

It was a startling image for some motorists on the Central Coast. It was a casket next to Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo.

CHP dispatchers received a number of calls about the unusual sight off of Highway 101 near Santa Rosa Street Sunday morning.

An officer responding to the scene discovered the casket was real, and fortunately, unoccupied.

CHP officers say that a homeless woman recovered the abandoned casket from the trash at a construction site, and was trying to roll it to a nearby swap meet to sell it.

After being told she shouldn’t be rolling a casket down the side of a highway, the woman complied and rolled it off onto surface streets.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.