"Ridiculous" is the word Teresa Townsley uses to describe the cars that have crashed into her front yard this year.
"There should be no excuse for these kinds of accidents," she said.
Twice in the last six months, cars have slammed into the front yard of the Townsley's small farm on 16th Avenue, between 208th and 216th Streets.
It's a slightly hilly but straight section of road. So Townsley doesn't know why she's cleaning up a shattered fence and glassstrewn front field after Sunday's crash.
She and her family were at the back of their five-acre property during the most recent crash.
"It sounded like a lumber truck had lost its load, because of the way the car had gone through all our fencing," Townsley said.
The driver walked away from the accident, but one beam of the fence smashed through the car's front windshield directly above the passenger seat.
Fortunately, the driver was the only occupant.
"If he'd had a passenger, the passenger would have been decapitated," said Townsley, a former emergency room nurse.
The crash also hit a field where the family usually keeps animals, and where their children are often present. Neither humans nor animals were there at the time.
The first crash took place during slippery conditions, and saw another lone driver lose control and slam into a power pole that connected wire to the Townsley house.
Emergency and repair crews had to block the driveway for most of the day.
"We just couldn't get out of our own property," Townsley said.
Townsley isn't the only victim of random crashes, as she said that she's seen about half a dozen similar crashes on the one-mile strip of road recently. Her neighbours have also seen cars plow off the road into their yards.
One of her neighbours uses a wheelchair, and can't make it across the street to use the regional mailbox safely.
"It's only a matter of time before someone's seriously injured," she said.
She wants the Township to do something about the speed and the type of traffic that zips back and forth on 16th Avenue.
The busy road is one that has been a perpetual thorn in the side of both traffic cops and Township road planners for many years.
The road has a 60 km/h speed limit for most of its length through Langley, but typical speeds are often in excess of 80 km/h. There have been a number of serious and fatal accidents on the road.
As Townsley points out, the road is also used by equestrians and cyclists, yet there are a great many drivers and they drive too fast.
"There has to be some way of mitigating the speed," she said.
The street has been the subject of several horrific accidents, including the hit and run slaying of Silas O'Brien, and the 2011 death of Jim "D.K." Neiss, a 59year-old bus driver for Langley School District, who was hit by a dump truck while he drove to work.
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