About the DOT


  • In 2015 there were 37 derailments in Iowa, resulting in no fatalities.
  • Of the derailments in 2015, 73 percent took place in yards, on sidings or on industry track where train speeds are low.
  • Though rail car traffic has dramatically increased, the number of derailments in relationship to the rail traffic is trending downward.

Derailments in Iowa per Million Rail Car Miles chart