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Mock crash impacts students at Indian Creek

Updated: Thursday, May 22 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
WINTERSVILLE, Ohio -- Students at Indian Creek High School were actors in Thursday's mock crash put on by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in advance of this weekend’s prom.
They were pulled from a crashed vehicle with one student even flown in a medical helicopter, all hoping their role left a lasting impression on their peers.
“I haven't witnessed one before, but if it affects one student, it could have a huge impact on the rest of the community,” student (and mock crash victim) Ivy McCombs said.
Before the sirens start flashing, a group from the school’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions met to splash on fake cuts and scrapes, helping to make the scene look as realistic as possible.
While the painting part was fun …
“It just shows kids what will happen,” fellow student and mock crash victim Kristen Shimko said. “We've had serious accidents happen within our school district, and I know it's definitely going to bring back bad memories, but it shows kids the seriousness of the whole situation.”
This year OSHP set up a different scenario -- a drunk driver running through a red light and getting T-boned by a car full of four students on their way home from the movies.
“Sometimes seeing is believing,” McCombs said. “If we're just making students (realize) this could actually happen, it could get the story across. Some people need that visual; other people don't."
Leaving a lasting impact is exactly what the patrol is hoping for. Those who received the most eye-opening experience were the mock crash victims, who even flew aboard STAT MedEvac.
“It was definitely very serious,” Shimko said. “I don't know how to describe it. It was realistic once you're there and you go through it."
In the end, OSHP, the Jefferson County Sheriff, fire crews, and others who encounter real scenes like this every day hope the students never come close to experiencing these accidents.
The vehicles used in Thursday's mock crash were donated by a Wintersville towing company. They brought the cars in a few days in advance to pre-crash.
Also on hand to help OSHP was Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin, crews from Wintersville Fire and Police, along with the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department.


Mock crash impacts students at Indian Creek


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