HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A high number of crashes has prompted the installation of a four-way stop at an Ottawa County intersection.
The intersection in question is at 112th Avenue and Quincy Street in Holland Township, northeast of the City of Holland.
The speed limit in the area is 55 mph, but neighbors say vehicles travel at least 65 mph. And vehicles going that fast carry a lot of force.
Among the most recent wrecks at the intersection was one in September, when a car struck Michelle Bunuursema's house after a crash.
"My husband got a call that there was an accident on our corner, and he was told that the car hit the house. And he was like, 'Um, that's 200 feet,'" Bunuursema said.
The woman whose car hit Bunuursema's house was at the intersection 200 feet away when she was hit by a second vehicle.
"Somehow when she blacked out her foot hit the gas," Bunuursema said.
The car struck Bunuursema's bay window and knocked a hole in the basement wall.
"The blocks were thrown half way through the basement," Bunuursema said. "I was told they needed to cut her out [of the vehicle]."
Bunuursema, who has lived at the house for 25 years, said there is a crash at the intersection every few months.
Six have been reported this year between January and September, according to Fred Keena, a traffic engineer from the Ottawa County Road Commission. There were two in 2012, and seven in 2011.
No one has died, but Bunuursema said there have been many close calls.
"They're usually rollovers. One lady, we had our pasture fence up, and she had a pole come through her windshield," Bunuursema said.
The four-way stop will be installed on Oct. 21. It is expected to cost between $500 and $1,000. Neighbors hope drivers notice the new signs and stop.
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