Mock accident drives home point against distracted driving
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The message to avoid texting while driving was brought home to area students very forcefully on October 13 when local agencies performed a mock automobile accident in front of the entire student bodies of Monticello and San Juan high schools.

Students watched in horror from their football stands as a deadly accident unfolded in front of their eyes. The response is reported to be strong to the message to avoid distracted driving.

A large number of area agencies participated in the event, including law enforcement, emergency response crews and fire crews.

The assembly began to the sounds of a group of students from the school headed down the highway. The familiar sounds of kids having a good time quickly turned to the sounds of a terrible accident. Tarps that were covering two automobiles were pulled to reveal an accident scene.

Law enforcement and first responders arrived and began the process of handling the accident. It became apparently quickly that one student had been critically injured while being thrown from the car. After intense efforts to save the student, a blanket was pulled over his head and the attention turned to the others.

Fire crews arrived to put out the smoke and fire. Vehicles had to be cut to extricate several students who were caught in the wreckage. A busy rescue scene unfolded in front of the students in the stands as dozens of personnel worked to complete their demanding jobs.

A life flight helicopter was scheduled to be involved in both presentations, but bad weather and an actual accident in another location kept the helicopters from Durango, CO from landing on the field and taking away one of the injured students.

The simulation culminated in the arrival of the hearse from San Juan Mortuary to pick up the “body” of the student who was killed in the simulated accident.
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