5 You have received a response from the County Department of Transportation.
FLORISSANT, Mo. – A couple’s backyard in St. Louis went unrecognizable Tuesday after it was hit by a speeding truck.
The back of Jeff Hornung’s couple’s home faces Vaile Avenue in Florissant, where the speed limit is 40 mph.
The couple told 5 On Your Side it’s the fifth time in 15 years they’ve had to fix something on their property because it fell in.
“It’s frustrating. Frustrating. Being violated,” Hornung said.
They had to crept through their yard to avoid the shards of broken glass and debris left behind by a collision on their property shortly after midnight on Sunday.
Hornung said a Dodge pickup truck traveling at high speed crashed through their wooden fence and hit a power pole. He said the collision caused power outages and debris splattered.
Police of St. Louis said the vehicle was unattended when officers arrived and there were no reports of injuries.
Meanwhile, a brake pad and wood rest on Hornung’s roof and a piece of his wire fence rests on a tree.
Of the five times this has happened, the couple said it was the first time a car had hit the part of their home adjacent to the living room, where they spent a lot of time. They were not at home during the accident.
“If I had been on the field preparing dinner at 5 o’clock instead of midnight, I would be dead,” he said.
Hornung called the St. Louis to see what can be done to prevent this. He asked about roadblocks at the end of the city or installing one on his own property.
“The answer is that they did the research. There’s really nothing they can do. They won’t put barricades outside. Obviously, we are legally not allowed to put any kind of barrier inside their own property,” he said.
5 You have also contacted the County Department of Transportation.
A spokesman replied that they had not placed the guardrails because they were afraid drivers who lost control could hit them and get back into oncoming traffic.
They added that homeowners can put up a fence to protect their property as long as it complies with zoning regulations.
The full answer from David G. Wrone, public information manager for the St. Louis as follows:
“DOT did not install a railing at this location because there is a chance that the wrong driver would hit it and run up the sidewalk, into the flow of traffic. We usually install railings to prevent pedestrians from entering the vehicle. The driver of the car drove up the road and crashed into a ravine, a creek, down a hillside, etc
“We will NOT prohibit residents from installing fences/barricades on their property, because we have no authority to do so. As long as the fence in question is beyond our jurisdiction and complies with the regulations. According to local zoning regulations, residents can install fences/barricades on their property to protect themselves, their families and their homes.
“Our traffic research officer is investigating the most recent accident mentioned in your email. Please note that a significant DOT sign has been placed on and near the curve in question.”
Hornung is frustrated that this is his problem.
“We don’t need to install barriers. Hornung said.
5 Your side has made a request to see how many incidents have occurred on the road in the past ten years.