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For the fifth time this year, a driver hits a home

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For the fifth time this year - a driver runs into a Waterloo home.

This happened around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but that cannot be said for all cases.

We met up with police to find out why it seems drivers in Waterloo are having this problem.

A piece of cardboard hangs to cover the damage. This is the most recent incident of a car slamming into a Waterloo home. In this case, police believe it's not the driver's fault.

But this isn't the first time we've covered an accident like this. In fact, KWWL has covered multiple cases of cars slamming into homes.

"I would put it right around 5 in the past year, and that is an odd and a high number for us," Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka says.

Back in January, a snow plow truck crashed into a home and then started on fire. Police tell us they determined it was equipment failure.

Then, just one month later- a car slammed into a home off of Martin Road in Waterloo.

"Some of our older homes are on smaller lots and closer to the road. They tend to be the ones that get struck, but not all the time," says Trelka.

He continued, "We see cases of car malfunctions and human error."

An accident from earlier this month, sadly stands out.

A man died, after a SUV crashed through his bedroom where he was sleeping. Police say, they are confident that alcohol was the main factor, in this case.

"What I find interesting is that I don't see a common denominator amongst all of them," says Trelka.

He continued, "With so many within the past year, I think it's an anomaly- and I hope that we do not see this amount next year."

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