New Brunswick

'Oh no! It's happening again': Tracy couple demand help after home hit by car for 9th time

A couple in Tracy, N.B., are fed up with vehicles crashing into their house, and have asked the provincial government to find a way to protect it.

Noble family wants N.B. to set up flashing warning light or guardrail to keep house safe from vehicles

This house has been crashed into nine times

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A couple in Tracy, N.B., are fed up with vehicles crashing into their house, and have asked the provincial government to find a way to protect it.

Last month marked the ninth time a car has crashed into their home, finally stopping when the vehicle struck a power pole on the other side of their property, Terry and Maureen Noble say.

"It was like a bomb went off," said Terry Noble.

"That car hit the far side of the house, went in one end of it, hit the deep freeze and drove it right out the other side. Went right out the other end."  

Noble said no one was hurt.

Their insurance companies are now rebuilding that section of the home for the ninth time since they moved in during the 1970s.

Homeowners Maureen and Terry Noble say last month marked the ninth time a vehicle has struck their home in Tracy, N.B. The last vehicle went through two walls and plowed a freezer into their yard. (Maureen Noble)

Maureen Noble said cars have struck the house so many times over the years that they tend to avoid that section of their home.   

"I can't describe it. The minute I heard the sound, I thought, 'Oh no! It's happening again.' And by the time I got that thought through, it had already happened," she said.

"He was through and out. And 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?'" 

In this photo from a crash in 2007, the Nobles say another vehicle drove through the wall of their home and into the space used as a community post office. (Maureen Noble)
The house is on a sharp turn on Route 101 in Tracy, about 35 kilometres south of Fredericton. 

Although the speed limit is 30 km/h in the area, the couple said most vehicles are much faster when they crash.  

 "This guy was going at least 80, probably faster," said Terry Noble.

"He had two girls with him at the time. Lucky no one was killed. But after he crashed, he tried to leave, but that car wasn't going anywhere."  

The Nobles said they have asked the Department of Transportation to install a flashing light or a guardrail near their home. 

Maureen Noble says the sign the provincial Department of Transportation placed on the turn isn't enough and drivers are still crashing into her house. (Shane Fowler/CBC)
"They put a sign in and reduced the speed," said Maureen Noble. "But obviously it's not doing the job."  

The Nobles would like to use the front section of their home for a bedroom, or a living space, but don't want to take the risk, so it's currently being used as storage.  

"It's usually always someone from out of town," said Terry Noble.

"People from Fredericton used to race out to the liquor store on holidays, and long weekends. But it's a miracle no one's been killed."

A Department of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson says the department is aware of the concerns and is reviewing the situation.

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Shane Fowler

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Shane Fowler has been a CBC journalist based in Fredericton since 2013.

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