Boulders crash through two Louisville homes during blasting

Boulders crash through two Louisville homes during blasting
Boulders crash through two Louisville homes during blasting. It happened in the Spring Creek subdivision near Interstate-71 and the Gene Snyder, where road-widening is taking place under the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.(Source: Todd Hoyer/WAVE 3 News)
Boulders crash through two Louisville homes during blasting. It happened in the Spring Creek subdivision near Interstate-71 and the Gene Snyder, where road-widening is taking place under the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.(Source: Todd Hoyer/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Todd Hoyer/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Todd Hoyer/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Todd Hoyer/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: Todd Hoyer/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Imagine a huge rock comes crashing into your home. The stunning, and dangerous, surprise happened at not one, but two homes in Eastern Louisville recently.

It happened in the Spring Creek subdivision, where blasting during road-widening near Interstate-71 and the Gene Snyder Freeway is taking place, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. It resulted in a 15- to 20-pound boulder that soared through a group of trees, hit the roof of a house on Lost Spring Court and ended up in the living room.

Looking at the now-patched hole in the roof, Stephen Robinson still can't believe it happened. He's house-sitting for his mother and his stepfather, John Roberts. Robinson says it happened last Friday, when crews were working on I-71 near the home. Inside, a 15-plus pound rock came sailing through the roof and hit a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, knocking drywall and plaster all over the living room.

"One of the speakers fell over and pretty much destroyed one of the sofas that they've got," Robinson said.

"It's kind of crazy, it's not something you anticipate coming home to," Roberts said by phone.

The homeowner said his terminally-ill father and his mother also live with him in the home and sleep in a room right below where the boulder landed. He believes it's very lucky that it hit, and split, a roof-support beam first to slow its force.

"With that kind of damage, if it hit somebody it certainly would have killed them," he said.

Robinson said Roberts' mother came upstairs when she heard a crash and her sick husband tried to follow, but fell down the stairs. He was then taken to the hospital.

The area is more than a mile away from where bridge work is continuing near U.S. 42 and the Gene Snyder Freeway. Andrea Clifford with KYTC told WAVE 3 News that sub-contractor RAM Construction was blasting in the area at that time Friday. Although Clifford believes the boulder accident is rare, Roberts' house wasn't the only one that got hit Friday.

Clifford said firefighters were called to another nearby home on Creek Bend Court for the same thing. No one was hurt in that incident, she said. Clifford said RAM finished blasting on Friday.

Clifford also said the blasting subcontractor is working on the repair claims. Roberts said insurance will cover the damage.

The work is being done by state road crews, not the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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