Speeding car crashes into cemetery, injures two

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two men are recovering and a historical cemetery is damaged after an early morning crash on Jacksonville's Northside.

Sgt. Greg Mattson with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a four-door blue sedan was traveling too fast around a curve in the southbound lanes of Moncrief Road. between Edgewood Avenue and Avenue B.

Mattson said the car lost control and smashed into a light pole and a fence at Memorial Cemetery before rolling over and coming to rest in the middle of the road.

Traffic was detoured for more than an hour while police investigated and a tow truck took the badly damaged car away from the scene.

Mattson said the male driver attempted to run away, but was taken into custody by police. He and a male passenger were transported to a Jacksonville hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Mattson could not identify the driver on scene and was unsure why he tried to flee, but said officers are working to figure that out as part of the investigation.

A section of iron fence lining the outside of Memorial Cemetery was heavily damaged from the impact of the car. A few flowers could also be seen lying among the twisted medal and debris.

Moncrief Rd. later reopened to all traffic and utility officials cleared the scene after inspecting the light pole as a safety precaution.


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