LOCKPORT, Ill. (WGN) – Motorists continue to crash into a couple’s home in Lockport, Illinois – and they say no one wants to help them.
“We were actually in the living room watching and the whole house shook,” owner Kristy Howard said of a recent incident.
Frequently terrifying cars or SUVs have crashed into Howard’s home and garage, which sits off a state highway about 30 miles south of Chicago.
The reason, she said, is that motorists continue to confuse their driveway with a nearby avenue.
To protect themselves, Howard and her husband raised heavy concrete barriers across the driveway.
“There were already two this week,” Howard said, “but they didn’t come through our garage because we put up the concrete barriers.”
The Howards say they’ve been complaining for years – litigating with the city of Lockport, Will County and the Illinois Department of Transportation. They said they had requested more reflective guardrails or panels to prevent future accidents, but so far their requests have gone unanswered.
A city spokesperson said the Howards lived in an unincorporated area of Lockport, placing it outside their jurisdiction. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), meanwhile, said the couple could file a formal complaint. But the Howards say IDOT promised them a year ago that the agency would look into the matter.
In the meantime, Howard fears their insurance company is fed up.
“When will our insurance fail us?” she asked. “And how are we going to get home insurance?”
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