An elderly man drove for 225 miles with the body of his dead wife beside him in the passenger seat.
The Canadian couple were returning home early from a holiday in Oregon after the 75-year-old woman had begun experiencing health problems.
But she died during the journey close to the town of Pasco, Washington.
Her 71-year-old husband told police that he had carried on driving because he simply didn’t know what to do.
About 20 miles south of Canada he pulled over to call authorities to find out whether he could cross the border with her.