Gravemarkers Damaged in Freak Garbage Truck Accident

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CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A bizarre garbage truck accident damages nearly a dozen grave markers at a cemetery in Wayne County.

Friday morning, deputies were called to the Easton Union Memorial Cemetery in Chippewa Township after a long row of headstones were knocked to the ground.

Officials say a large garbage truck was stopped in the parking lot to pick up trash when the truck suffered a mechanical malfunction.

"It had a hydraulic problem which they couldn't use to load anymore, so they parked it there just to come and take it back to their shop," said Chippewa Township Road Superintendent Dave Busson.

A few hours later, the garbage truck was discovered at the bottom of the hill after it rolled down the steps into the cemetery. Township officials this appears to be accidental.

Busson said because many of the headstones date back to the 19th century, contacting family members may be difficult.

"Some of them are over 100 years old, so they're not real legible," said Busson. "It's sad to see. Some of these probably can't be replaced the way it was."

A spokesman from "J and J Refuse" said the company will cover all the repair costs. Damage estimates are undetermined. Residents who have family members buried in the cemetery are being asked to contact the Chippewa Township Trustees at (330) 658-2112.