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Dangerous railroad crossing in Iowa County? Neighbors say yes

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IOWA COUNTY (KWWL) - People living near an Iowa railroad crossing have been asking for a safer intersection for years -- and still haven't seen changes.

One week ago, an elderly couple crashed into a train while crossing tracks at Johnson Iowa Road, just south of Highway 6.

People say that all of the plants make it nearly impossible to see a train coming -- and they believe it's only a matter of time before someone gets killed.

"I have a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old who are starting to drive, and it terrifies me," said Misty Herring, who lives in Iowa County near the tracks.

Just a week ago, a close call happened for two eastern Iowans as they tried to cross these tracks as they do all the time. They hit a train, sending a 68-year-old woman to the hospital.

"Our neighbors just got hit, and they're so fortunate that it wasn't much worse than it was," said Herring.

The sheriff thinks all the nearby plants may have blocked the driver's vision.

Many people who live around here have called the railroad, asking for flashing lights or crossing arms. They say they've been told there's not enough traffic.

Our calls to the railroad were not returned, and Iowa County engineers say it's railroad property.

"There's already been so many close calls that it concerns me a great deal, and if we could at least get a light or something to warn people that a train is coming, that would be so beneficial," said Herring.

The Iowa County Sheriff says that the railroad crossing is very similar to many at rural intersections across the state of Iowa. 
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