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Ask HPD: Road Closures


Question: Why are the roadways closed so long after a major accident?

Answer: When officers are at an accident involving fatal or critical injuries, they're there to render aid, preserve the area of the accident, and use forensic mapping, which records and analyzes the scene for the investigation. The officers also have to direct traffic if they've closed a major roadway for the investigation. The time spent on this process will depend on how large the scene is, such as how many vehicles are involved, the number of victims, and debris.

We realize that the roadway closures may inconvenience drivers. However, when a life is lost or there are serious injuries in a traffic accident, the officers have an obligation to conduct a thorough investigation and resources are directed toward that effort.

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