CEDAR RAPIDS -- It's not news that despite the construction of Interstate 380 in the late 1970s, First Avenue in Cedar Rapids remains among the state's busiest thoroughfares.
It's also among the state's most dangerous, according to a new report from the Iowa Department of Transportation.
In calendar year 2012 alone, 443 people died in the portion of First Avenue that is contained within the Cedar Rapids city limites. In 2000, that number was just four.
"We simply can't explain why so many people are dying out there," police chief Wayne Jerman said. "It's almost as if they're colliding on purpose."