Car Crashes Into Indianapolis House For Eleventh Time
Driver told firefighters she lost control of the SUV after going over the rail crossing too fast
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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