Easter Island statue destroyed after truck collides into it

Easter Island statue destroyed after truck collides into it

Easter Island statue destroyed after truck collides into it

Easter Island statue destroyed after truck collides into it

Easter Island in Chile is famous across the world for being home to 1,000 sacred 'moai' statues. However, one of these stone statues was majorly damaged on March 1 after a truck collided into it.

According to NYT, an unoccupied truck that was parked in the vicinity, rolled down the hill and ended up hitting the statue.

Ma'u Henua, the island's cultural heritage organization, posted photographs of the damaged statue on Facebook. "We regret what happened this morning in the Puna Pau sector, where a truck hit one of our Ahu, seriously damaging the structure that included a moai," the caption read.

"We reiterate the importance of taking care of the heritage we have in our park. Because they are not only archaeological remains, they are sacred elements for a living culture and fundamental in our Rapa Nui (community)," it further read.

"The damage is incalculable," Camilo Rapu, the president of Easter Island's indigenous Rapa Nui community, told CNN. "The moai are sacred structures of religious value for the Rapa Nui people. Furthermore (the damage of the moai) is an offense to a culture that has lived many years struggling to recover its heritage," he added.

"The island is an open-air museum where there are more than 25,000 archaeological remains," he said. He also suggested that penalties will be increased to avoid a repetition of such a crash.