Question: Who is responsible for making sure the roadway is cleaned up and free from spilled liquids, glass and other car parts from a crash?
Answer: In my experience, I noticed that all responding agencies and tow companies work as a team to treat the injured, direct traffic, investigate the crash and clear the scene as soon as possible for everyone's safety.
I included a general list of the responsibilities at a crash scene.
Law enforcement's general responsibilities:
• Securing the incident scene;
• Assist disabled vehicles;
• Provide medical aid until help arrives;
• Serve as incident commander, along with fire and rescue;
• Direct traffic;
• Conduct crash investigation;
• Supervise scene clearance.
Fire/rescue/EMS' general responsibilities:
• Protect the incident scene;
• Provide medical care;
• Provide initial HAZMAT response and containment;
• Suppress fire;
• Rescue crash victims from vehicles;
• Arrange transportation for the injured;
• Provide advance emergency medical care;
• Determine destination and transportation for the injured;
• Coordinate evacuation with fire, police and ambulance/airlift;
• Remove medical waste from scene;
• Assist in incident clearance.
Towing companies' general responsibilities:
• Removing vehicles from scene;
• Protecting victims' property and vehicles;
• Provide transportation for uninjured vehicle occupants;
• Remove debris from roadway (scene).
Send your questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota to firstname.lastname@example.org or Sgt. Neil Dickenson - Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811.