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May 9, 2014

Mock crash warns teens about unsafe driving

— Ninnekah High School seniors gather in the parking lot to watch the aftermath of a fatal car crash unfold before their eyes.

Their fellow students play the part of crash victims as well as those responsible for causing the accident, whether from drinking and driving or texting and driving.

Broken windshield glass and fake blood are scattered on the gravel as real emergency workers demonstrate how they attend to the victims. One is aided as she gingerly walks to the ambulance. Another is placed on a gurney and loaded into an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter. The alleged drunk driver is questioned.

The mock wreck is an annual tradition at Ninnekah High School before prom night and graduation, a time of year when students may be tempted to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

It was just a reenactment, but according to the emergency workers on the scene, the car crash in the parking lot of Ninnekah High School is a reality they face on a regular basis.

A medi-flight worker, a firefighter and a state trooper spoke to the Ninnekah High School seniors about the harsh reality of car accident as well as how quickly an accident can occur from texting and driving.

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