An accident early Tuesday, March 27 damaged a section of iron fence around the churchyard cemetery at St. Denis Church in Whitefield. Credit: Greg Foster | Lincoln County News

A vehicle crashed into the St. Denis Cemetery in Whitefield and rolled over early Tuesday, damaging a section of fence and several headstones.

Katelyn N. Jaques, 19, of Whitefield, was driving a 2006 Subaru Forester south on Cooper Road at the time of the accident, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett.

Jaques did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Cooper Road and Route 126, lost control of the vehicle, and crashed into the cemetery.

Credit: Courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Chubbuck

The Lincoln County Communications Center dispatched emergency services at 12:21 a.m. Tuesday.

The teenager was not hurt, according to Brackett.

The careening vehicle toppled and damaged “several” headstones and the section of iron fence, Brackett said. He did not have an estimate for the damage, or know whether the vehicle had insurance to cover it.

The incident remains under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Mark Bridgham and Deputy Ryan Chubbuck responded to the scene. Chubbuck is the investigating officer.

Delta Ambulance, the Whitefield Fire Department, and the Whitefield First Responders were also at the scene early Tuesday.

The first burial in the churchyard cemetery at St. Denis Church was in 1819, according to a history on the website of St. Michael Catholic Parish. The last was in 1913.

The church has a second cemetery nearby, Calvary Cemetery, which is still in use.

St. Denis Church is on the National Register of Historic Places and will celebrate its 200th anniversary June 10.

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