Quiet zones exist in some southeastern Iowa communities, including Fairfield and Burlington. But those come with additional safety requirements, including enhancements to prevent people from driving around the arms barring the road. A quiet zone has been proposed for Ottumwa, but has yet to make significant progress.
The numbers for train crashes are tiny compared to the number of car crashes in a year, but people stand a much greater chance of serious injury when involved in a train collision. Simply put, trains are bigger. They have more mass and much more momentum. While it might take a truck the length of a football field to stop, trains can take a mile.
That adds up to absolutely devastating consequences for people involved in crashes.
“It’s a catastrophic event,” said Neeley-Bertrand. “It changes everything.”