This is from a news article :

Crews worked through the night to clear the collapsed section of the road.

Officials warned residents to avoid the area and to expect delays of trash collection and bus routes in the area.

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I think that 'clear the collapsed section from the road' is correct if that sentence is describing the situation in the above photo.

Am I wrong?

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They are clearing a collapsed section that belongs to a road, so it is a collapsed section of the road. The collapsed section is a section of the road that is going from left to right in the photo.

You are correct that they are also clearing it from a road, but using the word from here would make the sentence a little less clear; when we hear "the collapsed section", we almost always expect the word of to come next, because "a section" isn't really something that exists in isolation: it's a section of something else.

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    Thank you very much.
    – user157844
    Jun 15, 2023 at 2:18
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    The picture shows two roads, so they are clearing the collapsed section of the upper road from the lower road. Jun 15, 2023 at 7:53
  • @PeterJennings Thank you very much.
    – user157844
    Jun 15, 2023 at 8:10

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