FRANKLIN SQUARE Vehicle knocks over markers including veteran's grave
Some markers were smashed into with enough force to knock them several feet off their foundations.
By NORMAN LEIGH
VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU
FRANKLIN SQUARE -- Four tombstones were knocked over by a vehicle that plowed into Franklin Square Cemetery.
One marker was for William Burcaw, who apparently served in the Civil War, said Salem Township Constable Dan Valentine.
A veterans marker attached to Burcaw's grave indicates he served in the U.S. military from 1861 to 1865, when the country was embroiled in the Civil War, Valentine noted. Burcaw died in 1921.
Valentine said the damage to the township-owned cemetery was discovered Wednesday morning by a mowing crew.
The graveyard is along Salem-Grange Road near state Route 558.
Clues: It appears the vehicle entered the cemetery earlier this week, judging by the age of the tracks, Valentine said.
He said he doubts the damage was caused by a vehicle accidentally coming off the road. No accident was reported.
The vehicle drove nearly 250 feet into the cemetery, striking some of the heavy markers with enough force to knock them several feet off their foundations.
Valentine said he found a piece of undercarriage in the cemetery and will try today to identify the make and model of vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call Valentine at (330) 424-0808.