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15 graves damaged after crash in Gonzales cemetery

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Posted: Oct 10, 2012 6:00 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Oct 10, 2012 6:00 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: GONZALES- Cemetery, crash, cornerview, st teresa

GONZALES - Fifteen graves at Cornerview Cemetery were damaged after a car lost control and crashed into it.

The first funeral at the cemetery was in 1864. Now some with family members buried there want more done to protect their plots.

"You'd think after you put somebody in the ground that would be their final resting place and nothing should disturb them," said Albert Bertholot, who has family buried in the cemetery, "but apparently that wasn't the case."

The great-grandmother of Berthelot's wife is buried at the cemetery. He says there should be a barrier between the cemetery and Highway 429, where it is located.

"You're going to need some kind of a guardrail," he said. "Something that's gonna stop the traffic from going through one side of the road coming through here."

Saint Teresa of Avila Church runs the cemetery. Officials there told News 2 they have no plans to put up any barriers because they don't see how that could prevent another accident like this one. The church says an out-of-control driver would probably go right through a fence, and a guardrail could seriously injure somebody if they hit it.

Sources say the driver in Saturday's crash was not seriously injured.

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