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Shared Technology Helps Clear Crash Scene Faster

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Two people were pulled from a serious accident on River Drive in Bettendorf Monday afternoon. It happened just before 1:30 p.m. on the 500 block of River Drive. Police say a truck going towards Davenport crossed the center line and collided head on with a car going the other way.

Both drivers had to be extricated and taken to the hospital. A cause is still under investigation but police used some fairly new technology that should help determine what happened. It also cuts down on the time roads are shut down.

Because of several factors like layout and speed limit Bettendorf Police Chief Phil Redington says that can be a bad stretch of River Drive. "There's a lot of traffic and not a lot of locations you can move to get out of the way of an accident."

It's also a tough area to detour traffic around but with an accident like this crews shut down all four lanes to do what they need to do - like reconstruct the scene. Monday that took about 40 minutes, where a couple of years ago it might have taken four hours.

"It does save a lot of time, a lot of manpower, it's done quickly," added Chief Redington.

Officers now use a 3D laser scanner to map out entire scenes. Davenport Police purchased the tool with a grant through Scott County Regional Authority a couple of years ago for agencies throughout the county to use.

"Before you just may overlook something and you went back through photos and look for those specific items. This, you don't miss anything," said Major Don Schaeffer, Davenport Police Department.

What used to be a tedious process for several officers now takes much less time and manpower and that means less spent rerouting traffic from a busy thoroughfare.

"We were having trouble with semis that I don't know how they could negotiate through the East Village in a semi. But they just stacked them up a little bit because they knew it wasn't going to take very long and they'd be back on the road again," Added Major Schaeffer.

With a scene like Monday's combining resources and collecting evidence more efficiently makes a big difference.

"We share a lot of equipment and people and I think it's good for our agencies and good for the taxpayers too," said Chief Redington.

The scanner is also used a lot for crime scenes where the 3D virtual rendering is often beneficial in court.

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