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Warden Teaches Classes on Accident Reconstruction

posted Nov 26, 2013, 12:03 PM by Fran Prentice

Maine Game Warden Eric Blanchard spoke to several classes at Wells High School on November 15th.   This is Blanchard’s third year visiting with WHS students to lecture and answer questions about his profession.  

Blanchard, who has been with the Maine Game Warden Service for fifteen years, spoke to science students about a part of his job that sometimes requires him to reconstruct off-road accident scenes to determine the causes of such accidents.   

Speaking to the Physical Science classes taught by Emily Neville and Pierce Cole, Blanchard spoke of reconstructing a snowmobile accident that happened at Thomas Pond near Casco.  In order to complete his accident report he needed to determine the speed the vehicle was traveling when it hit a boat lift on the shore.   Using Forensic Math and Physics, Blanchard demonstrated how he used variables such as the lengths of skid marks on the ice to determine the speed the vehicle was traveling.  

“…I actually enjoy coming in (to WHS),” said Blanchard after speaking to one group of students. “Kids seem pretty receptive of it.”   Blanchard indicated that he is a state certified accident re-constructionist and can reconstruct highway vehicle accidents as well as accidents involving off-road recreational vehicles.  

Warden Blanchard is a former police officer in Concord, New Hampshire and has appeared numerous times on Animal Planet’s popular program, North Woods Law.

 

Caption:  Speaking to a class at Wells High School on November 15, 2013 is Maine Game Warden Eric Blanchard.

 

Caption:  Speaking to a class at Wells High School on November 15, 2013 is Maine Game Warden Eric Blanchard.

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