WNLP photos by Bob Wellinski
Information from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office
The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office helped to coordinate a mock crash in conjunction with Marquette High School’s Health Fair Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017. The crash scenario involved two cars that collided at the intersection of 10th and Manhattan streets in Michigan City. Drama was high with three “injured” and one driver “pronounced dead” at the scene. Two patients were in “critical condition” with one being prepped for flight to a trauma center by the Med Flight helicopter that landed at the scene.
Marquette High School students stood by and watched as firefighters from the Michigan City Fire Department, paramedics from LaPorte County EMS and police officers from the Michigan City, LaPorte County and Indiana State police departments responded to the two-vehicle mock crash. LaPorte County Sheriff’s Captain Michael Kellems narrated the scene for the students while Michigan City Police Lieutenant Jeff Loniewski investigated the crash and “arrested” one of the drivers for being impaired.
Purdue Northwest nursing students who participated in the health fair came up with the idea of the mock crash staging.
The sheriff’s office would like to thank those involved in the event. The mock crash would not have been possible without the cooperative efforts of Michigan City Police, emergency management and fire departments, Marquette High School staff, LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service, Memorial MedFlight, Purdue Northwest nursing students and staff, and Cloverleaf Garage.