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Students investigate crash scenes

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  High school students in Dougherty County and Albany State's forensic science classes got a lesson in accident reconstruction Friday.

The Parks and Recreation Department laid out crash scenes. Students got to work early Friday morning taking measurements to recreate the crashes. They spent classroom time learning how to evaluate scenes and what measurements they need to figure out how fast a car was traveling. Experts are trying to get students excited about a career in transportation.

"It's not a career a lot of people have heard of, very math and science intense... if it's something that sparks their interest they can then take some of that extra math and take those deeper and higher math classes, make the connections and learn all the formulas... so if that's something they have interest in they can get further training in reconstruction," said Michel Strickland of Albany Safe Communities.

Students then returned to the classroom to recreate the scene on paper and finish their reports. Experts say a career in crash reconstruction can be lucrative. Some technicians earn as much as $800 an hour.

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