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Ohio Officers Watch Semis Crash During Exercise in London

LONDON (Jen French/Ken Hines) -- Law enforcement agents from across the state gathered at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy on Wednesday to witness two staged semi crashes. 

The training exercise was intended to give members of law enforcement tools to improve responses to similar crashes.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, deputies from multiple sheriffs' offices, and several police officers watched the staged accidents.

During the first crash, a semi rear-ended 5 cars while traveling at 35 mph, while the second simulation involved car moving at highway speed that crashed into the rear of a semi. 

Attendees said the exercise provided an opportunity to witness the events that lead to crashes of which they usually only see the aftermath.

"Obviously the crash is already over. The first thing, he has to deal with any injuries and any hazards," training officer Ron Thayer said while describing a typical police officer's response to a crash. "Then it becomes putting the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out what happened."
 
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