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Kalamazoo family fed up after house hit 4 different times in past year

Posted at 9:47 PM, Jul 21, 2015

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Toni Shafer's home has been hit by vehicles four times, and her family is pushing to convince Kalamazoo Township that their intersection isn't safe.

Boulders and signs have been put in the front yard as a way to prevent another wreck, but that hasn't worked.

FOX 17 talked with Shafer, who says enough is enough.

"There’s no sound that can compare to a vehicle hitting the house," she said. It's a sound that's all too familiar to the Shafer family.

"The first two tore up our backyard. That’s where we play. That’s where the kids had the most fun. That’s where they felt safe. That’s where we felt safe."

The family decided to move and put the house up for sale, but on the day of their open house, the home was hit a fourth time.

Shafer contacted the governor's office, her state senator, the township board and the road commission. She says she has asked for nothing major to be done but suggested rumble strips and a traffic signal in hopes of making the area safer and make people aware of the problem area.

"I made the signs to prove a point to everybody around here that nobody wants to buy this house, nobody will feel safe in this home. So I’m asking the township, I’m asking the road commission, would you put your own family here?"

FOX 17 spoke with the township supervisor, who said the road commission is in the process of determining how to make the intersection safer for everyone. The road commission did not return our calls.

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