Having a car crash into your house in undoubtedly an unsettling and frightening experience. However, while most of us would consider ourselves unlucky to have this happen just once, one Yorkshire man has experienced it a whopping 40 times in 14 years.
Ted Grayson’s 18th-century cottage is situated on a bend on the B6089, just outside the village of Nether Haugh, South Yorkshire. He believes that drivers travel down the hill too fast and find they cannot negotiate the curve and leave the road.
The 57-year-old has seen all manner of vehicles come crashing through his walls over the years, including everything from motorcycles to full-sized articulated lorries. He has cleared up four wrecks this year alone.
"One time my brother was sat eating breakfast when a motorcyclist came crashing through the kitchen window, his bike stayed outside, he landed inside and ended up sharing some breakfast. I only had my kitchen wall repaired for the umpteenth time last year,” Mr Grayson told The Telegraph.
"Every bit of my home which fronts up to the road has been smashed into several times, and the whole house has been hit more than 40 times since I moved in 14 years ago.”
"Whilst there have been a number of accidents in Nether Haugh recently, we are not aware of any injuries sustained." – Rotherham Borough Council
Most recently, a lorry demolished the entire side of his house and a car ended up in his garden after smashing through the perimeter wall.
Mr Grayson claims the situation has left him unable to get home insurance and he has had to claim on drivers’ car insurance to pay for repairs to his property.
He is campaigning for the speed limit on the stretch of road to be lowered to 20mph, and for speed cameras to be installed.
Mr Grayson is unable to move from the property due to working on a nearby family farm, but states that he is afraid to spend time there.
The B6089 is an accident blackspot, with an above-average proportion of the 7,000 vehicles that use it daily coming a cropper against hedges, lampposts and bus stops. Luckily, no one has yet been seriously injured.
Rotherham Borough Council, which manages the road, has reduced the speed limit on the approach to Nether Haugh from 60mph to 40mph, but has turned down requests for further safety measures.
Nigel Davey, from the council, told The Telegraph: “Our priority is to treat locations that have a history of collision and where there is an established cause of accidents.
“Whilst there have been a number of accidents in Nether Haugh recently, we are not aware of any injuries sustained. We will obviously continue to monitor the situation and are always happy to listen to the concerns of residents."
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