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Mock crash planned for April 28

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By The Staff

Marion County High School juniors and seniors will get a close-up look at the consequences of distracted driving and drunk driving on Thursday, April 28. The Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition, local law enforcement and emergency services will be creating a mock crash at the high school.

At 12:30 p.m., the mock crash events will begin. Students will gather in the gymnasium before going to the crash site on the access road between Lebanon Middle School and the high school. The crash will be treated like a real collision involving drugs or alcohol. Emergency personnel will respond as they would in a real emergency.

Students involved in the simulation will be tested, cut out of a car and transported away - by police car, ambulance, helicopter and hearse - to show how quickly something fun can turn deadly.

The mock crash is being held because this is also prom week in Marion County, and there may be parties, distracted driving and drunk driving that takes place. The Heartland Community Safe Coalition intends for the mock crash to encourage kids to be safe and to get teens to think about what they are seeing and how it could affect them or their friends.

After the mock crash, a guest speaker will talk to students about his personal experience of losing a son in a drunk driving incident. The community is invited to witness this event.

And the coalition wants to remind the community, that the mock crash is only a simulation.