[ACCIDENT] C6 Corvette Crashes Through Historic Salem Cemetery Fence

[ACCIDENT] C6 Corvette Crashes Through Historic Salem Cemetery Fence
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We’ve seen it happen many times before.

A person not used to a Corvette’s intense power gets in trouble when they punch it a little too much.

That’s apparently what happened in Bridgeton, N.J., a little after 1 a.m. Saturday when 45-year-old Elizabeth Watson of Salem crashed into a fence at the Broad Street Cemetery in her 2007 Corvette.

She told police that she was turning from Central Avenue to West Avenue when she pushed the accelerator too hard and lost control of her C6 Corvette, striking the cemetery fence. She was charged with careless driving.

Unfortunately, it was the second time in a month that someone has smashed into the cemetery fence. Believe it or not, it was also the sixth time the fence has been hit in the last five years, Jim Bergmann of the Broad Street Cemetery Association estimated.

The latest crash damaged four sections of fencing – two newer parts and two wrought iron, antique sections.

“I wish somebody would come up with an answer of why all of a sudden we are getting one right after another,” Bergmann said.

Since the cemetery was founded in 1798, about 10,000 people have been buried there.

Before Watson crashed into the fence, another crash happened there on Aug. 31 with 24-year-old Kyle Newsome of Newport, N.J., going airborne and landing in the cemetery after hitting a curb while turning. His car did more damage, knocking down gravestones and seven sections of the 19th century, Victorian-style fence that is still being repaired.

“It’s pretty complicated because of the wrought iron and trying to fit up the new fence and how to fasten it and how to make it look old,” Bergmann said.


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  1. That cemetery must have some bad mojo surrounding it to be damaged six times in five years. Even if it’s near a busy road where many accidents occur that seems rather excessive. Very strange.

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