Cemetery Nightmare: Vault with Casket Goes for a Mudslide [VIDEO]

September 2, 2014
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Originally published by: USAtoday.com

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Fairmount Memorial Park in north Spokane had an edge give way creating a miniature landslide Friday.

The slide carried a vault holding a casket about 12 feet down a hill in what the cemetery’s CEO Denny York described as a “freak accident.”

Crews spent hours assessing damage overnight, removing and temporarily relocating the vault and blocking off the area. Only one gravesite was affected.

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Staff said they are not sure what caused the slide, but said it might have been triggered by a tree damaged during summer storms or a broken water pipe.

“It is sad. But you know, when you got pipes and irrigation and stuff like that. We’ve had a lot of rain and weird weather … nothing is really surprising me much,” said Rosie Deal, an eyewitness to the landslide.

Five other headstones were just a few feet away from the edge as well, but staff determined they were not at risk of sliding.

The family of the affected site have been notified.

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