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A California homeowner is calling for action from city leaders after his San Jose home collapsed more than 20 times over the past five decades.

“The city needs to do something to protect not just us, but the entire neighborhood,” homeowner Ray Minter told KTVU.

The South Bay resident has lived in his East San Jose home since the 1960s — and since 1972, 23 people have crashed on his property, Minter said. I-680 was built in 1972 and an off-ramp leads to its road, Jackson Avenue.

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For the past 50 years, drivers have miscalculated how fast they were driving and plunged their vehicles into Minter’s property. Even though his insurance company paid nearly $30,000 to install steel poles in his yard, crashes continued to occur.

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Ray Minter says his house has been hit at least 23 times since 1972.
(Ray Minter via KTVU)

“A few of them were hurt pretty bad but most of them were drunk. Like the guy in 2016,” Minter described. “He was driving a 2016 GMC High Sierra. My car was right where the rocks are, and he hit 105 miles per hour.”

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Not only did the nearly two dozen crashes damage his home—but at least one member of Minter’s family was also injured.

The City of San Jose said it is awaiting a grant to start a safety project to prevent more accidents

The City of San Jose said it is awaiting a grant to start a safety project to prevent more accidents
(Ray Minter via KTVU)

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“My youngest niece, she was young. She was right here and a lady flew up and hit her,” Minter told KTVU. “He was in the hospital for a couple of weeks and broke his arm.”

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Despite Minter’s pleas, the city of San Jose — also known as the capital of Silicon Valley — maintains it has no authority to change the off-ramps. The city has applied for a $40 million grant to build a safety project along Jackson Avenue.

About two dozen drivers misjudged their speed while exiting I-680 and crashed on Minter's property.

About two dozen drivers misjudged their speed while exiting I-680 and crashed on Minter’s property.
(Ray Minter via KTVU)

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If San Jose is awarded the grant, work on the road development project would begin in 2023 But until then, the city is just encouraging drivers to slow down and obey traffic rules

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