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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis couple says a railroad crossing has been responsible for nearly a dozen crashes in the years since they've lived nearby, some that have damaged their home or vehicles.

The latest crash happened Sunday when an SUV barreled into the house, knocking in a living room wall and window and damaging the foundation. Tim McCall said his wife Leigh was less than a foot away from where the SUV hit the wall and he feared she would be killed.

The McCalls weren't hurt, while the SUV driver was partially ejected through its windshield, fire Capt. Rita Reith said. Reith described the 29-year-old woman's injuries as minor and said she was taken to a hospital in good condition.

The McCalls told WTHR-TV and WISH-TV they've had nearly a dozen crashes around their home during the 30 years they've lived in the neighborhood a couple miles west of the city's downtown. The house or their parked cars have been hit three times each, along with a nearby fire hydrant and a utility pole.

"Every single accident has happened because they've come flying across the railroad tracks, headed north, and lose control when they come down," Tim McCall said. "They go airborne over the tracks because of the hill."

The driver in Sunday's crash told firefighters she lost control of the SUV after going over the rail crossing too fast, Reith said.

The McCalls said they've asked city officials to put a stop sign near the crossing to help prevent future crashes.



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      radarmannoshoes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Car did not crash into house for the 11th time. House is crashed into by cars for the 11th time.
        dbear4u2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @radarmannoshoes
        Why would you expect good grammar from a journalist? Especially when it is a story linked from AOL.
      posthuf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Been there 30 years, been hit more than a dozen times? Seems to me they're scamming the insurance companies. Anybody with half a sense of survival would have long ago erected a double brick wall barrier or two between at least the building they lived in and the hill drivers launch their cars off of.
        seattlewkr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @posthuf
        HAHA -- good one. Scamming the insurance companies? Sounds like the person who blames someone for going bankrupt because of medical costs, blaming them for not taking care of themselves. Got corporate high road syndrome?
          seattlewkr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @seattlewkr
          Mrs. Idiot, Really? You don't know enough to quit when you're "not ahead." You keep spewing ignorance.
          Mrs. H.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @seattlewkr
          Well when you smoke a pack a day for 20 years and you are 150 lb overweight and have all the health problems and issues that go along with that....it is your fault. AND you shouldn't be insurable. You would have to be a blind deaf dumb mentally disabled, brain dead individual not to know that remaining inactive, smoking, overeating, & drinking, are REALLY bad for your health.I see these huge people waddling down the street, eating mikey dees, with a cigarettei n their hand and then complaining they can't get health insurance.........DUH?!
      emlavelle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another example of why the human race is too stupid to be allowed to survive.
      I LOVE YOU
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a darn shame, something needs to be done. That is just outrageous 11 times and nothing been done. They need to close the tracks and redo the crossing road there and yes put a stop sign and or speed bumps and yes i also agree that trains should have speed limits as well. They should also i agree but up rails and concrete bairs along side of the road to help prevent the house from getting hit. Yes they also should sue the Rail Road too they just at fault as well for the dangerous crossing.
        redroad9
        • 1 Year Ago
        @I LOVE YOU
        First of all the railroad owns the crossing and allows the city or county to build a crossing. Well better wording would be forced the railroad to allow them to build a crossing. How about removing the crossing all together or move it to a better location? Why not ask the drivers why they were speeding. The railroads have speed limits. They are put in place by the FRA. A railroad can lower there speed limit below what the FRA says but never above it. Now use you brain and drive careful. Now the wrecks were not cause by a train going to fast. It was caused by who going to fast?
      Cindy
      • 1 Year Ago
      The city ought to buy them out and then knock down the house. It obviously isn't a safe place to live.
        wc98
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cindy
        and buy out all the other houses there that are closer to the tracks than is their house as well?
      lonerngr88
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not keep it simple and put speed bumps on the road before the tracks?
      screanam
      • 1 Year Ago
      The government is not going to help with a simple stop sign without a million dollar traffic assessment statement. So after the second crash the homeowner should have lined the property line with a two foot round stone every three feet or so. Problem solved.
      uradoll2me
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sorry - but I'd be moving out of that house! That would scare me too much! May God watch over this family that does iive there.
      ltcolphs
      • 1 Year Ago
      If that were my house I would have steel posts along the street line to protect the home itself. This woman hasn't put up any such barriers and now she is saying that the damage might not be fixible. So what's next? Moving away? Got to sell first. She needs to get her ducks in a row. She needs to get a good lawyer too.
      teiladay
      • 1 Year Ago
      11th time? How many times does it take an idiot to figure out that to protect ANY home where traffic can drive into the house if a turn is missed, etc., to put huge planters filled with dirt or rocks in front of the most vulnerable parts of the home. Sheesh... this is what smart homeowners do from day one; some even plant oak trees so they don't have to worry about some drunk driver flying through their living room in the future. Fine the driver(s) $3,500 for driving recklessly, and slap the homeowners for being 3 miles south of stupid.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have the authorities put up a barrier since they are responsible for this on going hazard.
      inventionleader
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure why anyone would either build a house at such a location or live in a house at such a location. Did the tracks come before the house or after? Someone didn't foresee this since 95% of the drivers are reckless? Was in Texas this week and couldn't believe how reckless nearly 100% of the drivers are. Speed limit is 75, so they go 90 and weave in and out of traffic and get right up on your bumper before turning over.
        OSHP367
        • 1 Year Ago
        @inventionleader
        Hundreds of people have died in skydiving accidents.....makes you wonder why God put the Earth at such a location.....should have been forseen.......
        Carl
        • 1 Year Ago
        @inventionleader
        There are so many bad drivers out there now! Not paying attention, not caring, not sure what the problem is. Many, many times I have come to a curve in the road and a car coming the other way, crossed over the line and into my lane!!!!!!!! Wake up America! THERE are other people on the road besides your selfish selves!
          loren1912
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Carl
          Well said. This woman should definitely be charged with reckless driving. She could have killed someone.
        rutch8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @inventionleader
        maybe they should fix the tracks!
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