Family in Fear After Home Hit 9 Times by Cars

The Nobles have lived in the house since 1971 and say people seem to be driving faster now
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2016 7:36 AM CDT
Family in Fear of Home Hit 9 Times by Cars
Maureen Noble's house sits close to a curve in the street in Tracy, New Brunswick, Canada.   (Google Maps via CTV)

(Newser) – For one Canadian family, enough is enough. The house they've lived in since 1971 has been hit by a car at least nine times—six since the early '90s, though retiree Maureen Noble tells CTV News, "You kind of lose track after awhile." They live close to a sharp curve on Route 101 in Tracy, New Brunswick, and because they say people seem to be driving faster these days, they've thought about moving, but Noble points out the obvious catch: "In order to move we'd have to sell the house and do you think anybody's going to buy the house?"

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Instead, as their insurance company is rebuilding for the ninth time a section of the house closest to the road that used to be a post office back when Noble was the village postmaster, they're petitioning the province to install anything that might help slow cars down, including a yellow flashing light, a guardrail, or rumble strips. So far all they've gotten is a sign, Noble tells the CBC: "Obviously it's not doing the job." A Department of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson says they're reviewing the situation. Noble says in addition to avoiding parts of the house and yard, each crash takes an emotional toll, too. "It's such a terrible feeling because you think, 'What are we going to find when we go out? Are they going to be hurt? Are they going to be killed?'" (One man crashed his $300,000 car 10 minutes after it was delivered.)

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