Family asks PennDOT for guardrail after cars crashed into yard

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UPPER BURRELL, Pa. - An Upper Burrell family asked PennDOT for a guardrail on their street, saying cars keep crashing into their yard.  A sunroom and shed have been hit.

Mary Lou and Gil Schrock asked for a guiderail on Seventh Street, but PennDOT said the road doesn’t meet the criteria for a guardrail.  PennDOT said it looks at the height of the embankment, the slope and traffic flow.

“My neighbor across the street called and said, ‘You better come home.  There’s a truck in your shed,” said Mary Lou Schrock.

“A car was so close to coming through here (the house). Our son was lying on the couch, and he would have been killed for sure,” said Gil Schrock.

“At night, she’ll (Mary Lou Schrock) will be on the couch, and I’ll be on the chair.  I look for headlights to see if they’re coming across.  It’s very scary. We’re worried,” said Gil Schrock.

PennDOT said the state has put in for additional signage.

The Schrocks said they want to petition the state to get a traffic light.