Cemetery Worker Hurt After Falling Into Grave While Moving Headstone

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska and Aidan Gardiner  on September 5, 2014 11:14am  | Updated on September 5, 2014 1:02pm

 The man was critically injured and trapped in a grave in St. John Cemetery, the FDNY said.
The man was critically injured and trapped in a grave in St. John Cemetery, the FDNY said.
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QUEENS — A cemetery worker was seriously injured after he plunged into a grave after tripping over the headstone that he was moving at a Middle Village cemetery Friday morning, the FDNY said.

Firefighters received a call about 10:15 a.m. and were able to get the man out of the grave in St. John Cemetery, at 80-01 Metropolitan Ave., about 30 minutes later, fire officials said.

The man, in his 60s, "was trying to move the gravestone around" in preparation for a funeral, Chief Christopher Joyce said at the scene. "He tripped and lost his footing."

Joyce said the man was unresponsive when firefighters got there.

"All I heard him do was moan," Joyce said, adding that the man suffered leg and shoulder injuries. He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital is stable condition, Joyce said.

A staff member at St. John who was reached by phone did not have any information about the incident.

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