Lost Tractor-Trailer Damages Milford Cemetery

A tractor-trailer driver made the mistake of trying to drive around Vernon Grove Cemetery. He left damage to gravestones, trees and a water spigot.

A tractor-trailer driver who took a wrong turn drove into Vernon Grove Cemetery this week, then kept going.

In attempting to turn around, he rolled over several gravestones, crashed into a raised family plot, and damaged a large tree and water main. The damage was near the cemetery's oldest gravestones — the slate markers that signify the graves of some of the town's founding families.

The crash was reported about 8 p.m. Tuesday, when the driver called Art's Towing for help. He needed to be pulled from the cemetery because he had damaged his truck. The driver then called Milford Police.

Damaged in the incident were: a tree which had a limb broken, a water spigot and main, and a raised plot for the Allen family, where a headstone for twin infants was knocked from its pedestal.

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The 47-year-old driver, in making a turn, also drove over several grave markers.

A police report filed by Milford officer Robert Tusino does not include a damage estimate. The Maryland-based driver was operating a rig registered to an Oklahoma City company. He was not cited in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the police report.


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