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Training Safety Tip. Secondary Crashes. Danger to motorists. Can be more severe than original incident. Can occur as a result of traffic slowing quickly: Around a curve Beyond hill crest Larger vehicle blocking view of scene Moving in MOT area (lane squeeze).

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training safety tip
Training Safety Tip

Secondary Crashes

danger to motorists
Danger to motorists
  • Can be more severe than original incident.
  • Can occur as a result of traffic slowing quickly:
    • Around a curve
    • Beyond hill crest
    • Larger vehicle blocking view of scene
    • Moving in MOT area (lane squeeze)
danger to incident responders
Danger to Incident Responders
  • Setting up initial MOT or adjusting MOT.
  • IRs are moving around emergency vehicles.
  • Distracted on scene by other activities:
    • Pulling equipment
    • Triage’
    • Extrication
    • Paperwork
    • Re-positioning vehicles or equipment
effect of secondary crash
Effect of Secondary Crash
  • If close to original incident, draws off manpower and equipment to assess new incident.
  • Requires Incident Responders to move out of defined MOT area of first incident while moving to other incident, before MOT is established.
  • If farther away, secondary equipment and personnel have to respond.
safety for motorists incident responders
Safety forMotorists/Incident Responders
  • Upstream warning to traffic is best method to reduce or eliminate secondary crashes.
    • Dynamic Message Signs warn motorists of approaching incident.
    • Road Ranger responds to end of queue to provide advance warning to motorists.
    • Reduce time on scene using TIM Quick Clearance practices reduces exposure to danger (Get out of there)!
secondary crashes
Secondary Crashes
  • Crashes upstream can “meter” or proportionally slow down traffic approaching first incident. (But, not at the secondary scene)
  • Stay alert.!!! You can become the secondary incident!!!
  • Secondary incidents can create tertiary incidents!!!