A woman was left traumatised after a shocking event at a cemetery saw her sink into her parents’ grave like quicksand.
Joanne Cullen has vowed never to return to the Long Island cemetery where her beloved parents were laid to rest following the frightening visit, which can only be described as something from a horror movie, the New York Post reports.
Cullen was laying a wreath against the headstone when a sinkhole formed beneath her, the publication reports court documents said.
In the freak incident, which occurred in 2016, Cullen smashed her head on the tombstone as she fell forward, cracking her tooth before falling into the ground. She managed to grip hold of the tombstone in her struggle against the sinking soil but her screams for help weren’t not be heard throughout the cemetery.
Thankfully the 64-year-old survived the terrifying event. She has since filed a lawsuit against the St. Charles Resurrection Cemetery.
“Getting sucked into your parents’ grave when you go to visit them on a cool December afternoon with the sun going down … it’s terrifying and traumatising,” the New York Post reveals Cullen’s lawyer said.
They added: “It’s outrageous that this should happen to anybody. We want to make sure the cemetery and employees learn from this. We want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else”.
As for Cullen herself, she claimed she is still scarred from the incident with nightmares haunting her sleep. She told the New York Post she will never return to the cemetery.
Shockingly, this isn’t the first time sinkholes have formed at grave sites. Back in 2014 the earth beneath dozens of graves at a cemetery in Kent, England gave way, The Daily Mail reported at the time. Even more concerning, the strange phenomenon revealed 50 unmarked graves.
Speaking to the publication following the incident, a spokesperson at the local Gravesham council claimed it’s not uncommon for graves to sink, especially after heavy rainfall. They explained there were two reasons how it could have occurred.
“One is graves are backfilled with loose soil and they sink again once that soil gets so wet and heavy it compacts,” the spokesperson said.
“Secondly in the old section of the cemetery the graves are deeper, so there are larger cavities for the soil to sink into.”