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Weir High students learn from mock crash scene

Updated: Wednesday, April 9 2014, 06:12 PM EDT

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ohio – A mock prom crash scene is something that can be a shocking and memorable event for teachers, parents, and students.
Weir High School students witnessed that firsthand Wednesday, a program put in place to heighten awareness as the school prepares for prom this weekend.
Crews rush to the scene, pulling students out of a crashed car. The hood is ripped off and glass broken.
Students stood and watched as classmates acted out this mock disaster.
Student President Hannah Hinerman said everyone should take this seriously.
“Wow, this could be real,” she said. “Everyone that helped made it look real and my classmates being out there, it really hit home for me.”
Details were the focus from beginning to end, a student being tested for drunk driving; a body lying on the top of the car and two girls being carried away into an ambulance. There was even a helicopter.
“It could happen any time,” Hinerman said, “so I hope everyone going to prom Friday stays safe.”
Carol Lyons, who has been a paramedic for 33 years, lost her son to a drunk driver when he was 19.
“It’s quite helpful, and if we can institute some decision-making in their lives, then I think we accomplished something,” she said.
Weirton Fire Chief Jerry Shumate said distracted driving and being under the influence have become some of the biggest hazards behind the wheel.
“Any passenger ejected from a vehicle is mostly a fatality,” he said. “The importance is wearing a seatbelt and the driver must pay attention. A lot of them are new drivers. They have a lot of lives in their hands, and they need to pay close attention.”

Weir High students learn from mock crash scene

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