Clearing the vehicles involved in the crash off the travel portion of the roadway is safer for the drivers involved and for those who are driving through the scene. This “quick clearance” to the side of the road allows traffic to continue to move, reducing the chance of a secondary crash.
Here’s a video of what not to do from a crash on I-80 earlier this year. https://youtu.be/p8-bSnFGE_E
And …just to get you moving on a Monday morning… https://youtu.be/ecSCaZ_XPlo
The fatality count of 260 is an increase of four from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf