Families grave sites damaged by tractor- cemetery vows to make good

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 19:51:13-04

ARANSAS PASS – Imagine coming to the cemetery to visit loved ones and finding tractor treads all over your family graves and one grave so damaged it looks like the coffin may have collapsed.

Robert Chandler, is the surviving eldest of the family couldn’t believe his eyes.

"He brought that trackhoe all the way around, come around, all of this is my family we own all this section here, down to here, yesterday that was a 2 1/2 foot hole, where he backed up and crushed that coffin," said Chandler referring to the damage that was down to his families grave sites.

For Chandler, whose brothers served in the military, it was more about respect. He just wanted respect.

Scott Harrison was the operator of the trackhoe, says it was an honest mistake caused by the wet grounds from all of last weeks rain.

"Unfortunately we’ve had so much rain, I went out here and I checked out all of the land I was going to go through and when I got over here it got squishy I had to get back out and unfortunately I got stuck," said Harrison.

Fortunately cooler heads prevailed. Harrison apologized and Chandler got the respect he deserved.

"I feel great. I’m going to get the respect I wanted to start with and he’s going to clean it back up. And that’s the main thing that’s all I was after, I just wanted some cleanup and respect," concluded Chandler.