Trains are a constant presence on the Grinnell College campus. Safety measures taken should be based on COMMON SENSE procedures. Treat all train derailments as a potential hazardous substance site.
In the event of a pedestrian being hit by a train, A vehicle/train collision, or a train derailment on campus
- Call extension 4600 to contact the Campus Safety and Security/Parking Services Department, who will provide or arrange required services.
- Treat the accident as a potential hazardous substance site. Do not approach the area unless it is safe to proceed.
- unless trained to do so, do not attempt to render any first aid before trained assistance arrives. Before rendering any assistance, observe the individual and the surrounding area and check for any outside substance that may pose a hazard to anyone rendering assistance.
- Follow protocol for medical emergencies.
(Use the following only if wind is coming toward you. If wind is to your back, go to one of the other sites.)
- East side of campus, evacuate to Ahrens Park on edge of town.
- South side of campus, evacuate to Old Glove Factory.
- West side of campus, evacuate to Bailey Elementary School.
- North side of campus, evacuate to Grinnell Golf and Country Club.
Potential hazardous materials are diesel fuel from the train engine, as well as other items transported on the train (i.e., hydrochloric acid and other materials used to make fertilizer). On campus, a derailment could affect both the Noyce Science Center (Which houses chemicals that could be deadly) and the power plant, which stores a large quantity of refrigerants for air conditioning units. The principal hazards of a refrigerant leak are: explosion, fire, asphyxiation or poisoning, flying metal, corrosion or chemical reaction, and chemical or cold burns.