Mock crash reminds youths to be responsible

A firefighter uses a cutting tool to take the roof off of one of the vehicles in order to free “victims.”

Deputy Ryan Doperalski conducts field sobriety testing on the “impaired driver.”

Participants in the mock crash join members of the sheriff’s office for a photo next to the Med Flight helicopter.

Information and photos provided by LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

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The LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service, in cooperation with New Prairie High School, hosted a mock crash Wednesday afternoon, May 3, 2017. The staged incident served as a reminder about distracted, dangerous and impaired driving for the NPHS students as they prepare for their prom this weekend.

The crash was set on a lane that runs adjacent to the Cougars’ football field and involved two vehicles in a “t-bone” crash. There were five patients, all played by New Prairie High School students. One victim was ejected from a vehicle while two others had to be extricated by firefighters using the Jaws of Life. Because of the seriousness of the crash, a medical helicopter was called to the scene.

Once the mock scene ended, members of the LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service and the sheriff’s office spoke with the students about the dangers they face when not making good choices. Distracted-driving crashes are on the rise, brought about primarily by cell phones. Students were encouraged to use positive peer pressure to support one another in making good decisions that could ultimately make the difference between fond memories of high school and prom and having to mourn the loss of one or more classmates.

Also staging the mock crash were members of the Kankakee Township Fire Department and the crew from MedFlight, which is based in South Bend. The vehicles used in the crash were supplied and transported to the scene by Ace Towing of LaPorte.

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