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Runaway truck slams into Easter Island statue

By T.K. Randall
March 9, 2020 · Comment icon 10 comments

Penalties are harsh for those who damage the moai. Image Credit: CC BY 2.5 Honey Hooper
A man has been arrested after his truck caused 'incalculable' damage to one of the statues.
The unfortunate incident happened last week when one of the island's residents left his truck unattended with nothing but a rock wedged beneath its tire to stop it from rolling.

His makeshift handbrake came undone while he was away and the vehicle careened down the hill, striking one of the statues' ceremonial platforms and causing significant damage.

"The moai are sacred structures of religious value for the Rapa Nui people," said Camilo Rapu, president of Easter Island's indigenous Rapa Nui community.
"[This] is an offense to a culture that has lived many years struggling to recover its heritage and archaeology."

The island's mayor, Pedro Edmunds Paoa, has since called for stricter driving rules.

"Everyone decided against establishing traffic rules when it came to vehicles on sacred sites - but we, as a council, were talking about the dangers and knew very well what the rise in tourist and resident numbers could mean," he told Chile's El Mercurio newspaper.

"They didn't listen to us, and this is the result."

Source: Live Science | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
Oh oh... Trump Hotel Easter Island Golf Resort ... ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by acute 4 years ago
Phone 111 straightaway, and tell them you may have been infected with the Dumbledore Virus.
Comment icon #3 Posted by MissJatti 4 years ago
Easer Island? where is that? lol
Comment icon #4 Posted by OverSword 4 years ago
They have plenty more, not to worry 
Comment icon #5 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
The guy has been arrested  So is he getting done for accidentally damaging a national monument or deliberately damaging  it? 
Comment icon #6 Posted by aztek 4 years ago
it does not look like an accident,  
Comment icon #7 Posted by and then 4 years ago
Yeah, nah... I'm thinking there just might have been an adult beverage involved here  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Peter B 4 years ago
I was reminded of the Griswalds at Stonehenge...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles 4 years ago
I didn't realize so many people lived on Easter Island.   Nearly 8000.  Is tourism their main source of $$?  
Comment icon #10 Posted by mdbuilder 4 years ago
What a crock. 

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