Training aims to get Ohio crashes cleared quickly

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is using a federal program to teach thousands of police, firefighters, tow-truck operators and other emergency responders to clear highway crash scenes more safely and efficiently.

The Federal Highway Administration trained instructors in Ohio who are teaching other responders to improve coordination at crash scenes and get wrecked or disabled vehicles out of the way of traffic more quickly. That’s meant to reduce roadway blockages and the potential for secondary crashes and injuries.

The Ohio Department of Transportation and State Highway Patrol say nearly 2,900 responders have been trained since fall. The goal is to train thousands more this year.

Patrol Capt. Roger Hannay says the training is helping to re-energize a state crash-management program called QuickClear that was launched about a decade ago but grew stagnant.

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