Troopers Get Crash Course in Wrecks

A class of Nebraska State Patrol recruits got some hands-on education in Grand Island Tuesday.

The training focused on how to handle serious crashes involving multiple injuries.

Recruits were evaluated in four areas: initial response; traffic control; accident photography and crash scene investigation.

State Patrol Trooper Jarrod Connelly said this type of training is critical.

“We're trying to make real injuries for them, so they have to do first aid, along with the accident investigation. That includes evidence collection, measuring the scene, photographing the scene like they would in a real life situation."

The training session not only included future state troopers but also firefighters and emergency responders from Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney.

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