- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State officials have opened a training facility that will be used to teach best practices for safe, quick clearance of major highway incidents in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Traffic Incident Management facility features a section of interstate-like roadway ranging from two to six lanes, guardrail, a two-way interchange, and cable and steel barrier rail, as well as a section of two-lane highway and a full four-way intersection.

The facility will be used to simulate a variety of crashes, and allow emergency responders to train on safe and efficient clearance techniques.

Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says improving emergency response will decrease the risk of secondary crashes, overall congestion, and keep highways safer for motorists.

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