A council has apologised to the family of a young woman killed in a car crash after they damaged her roadside memorial with a TRACTOR.
Sarah Chinn, 23, died in April 2007 after her red VW Beetle collided with a white van on the A39 near Truro in Cornwall.
As a tribute her family decided to place a roadside tribute near the spot where she died.
However, a grass cutting tractor wrecked the memorial as it cut verges along the road.
A stone plaque, which reads: “In loving memory of Sarah Chinn, a wonderful person, a loving daughter, a beautiful sister, an amazing friend, we all miss you” is still in place but a flower bed was completely destroyed.
Joanne Kingsley Heath, Miss Chinn’s sister, said: “It is quite disrespectful to not call us and inform us.
“I find it shocking they hadn’t let us know. I will now go and pick up any bits I can salvage.”
In a statement, Cornwall Council said: “We apologise for any distress caused by the unintentional removal of this memorial.
“It appears that recent rapid growth of vegetation on the verge couple with lack of maintenance of the memorial itself had made it virtually invisible.
“While we do not condone memorials on the verges of highways for obvious reasons of public safety, this memorial was not removed intentionally.”