Mock Crash Designed to Get Promgoers Attention

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Published on April 28 2012 10:15 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Wayne Moran

No matter how many times you cover a car crash, it bothers you.  Especially when it involves young people.  Even if you know that it's not the real thing.

That was the situation Thursday afternoon at Beecher City High School, where school, law enforcement and emergency services personnel staged a mock crash where alcohol was a factor.  One person was killed in the mock crash, others were injured and one of the drivers was arrested for DUI.

Beecher City High School students and their counterparts from Cowden-Herrick High School, who were also brought over for the presentation, got to watch as emergency crews tore the wrecked vehicles open to retrieve those killed and injured, as anguished family members who'd heard about the wreck reached the scene, and as they realized that could've been them in those vehicles.

A number of agencies took part, including Illinois State Police, Effingham County Sheriff's Department, Air Evac Lifeteam, Effingham City-County and Altamont Ambulance Service, Tri-County and Shumway Fire Protection Districts, and Shelby County Coroner Brian Green, as well as Beecher City Church of Christ Pastor Dennis Warner.

The event was organized at the request of Tri-County Fire Chief Doug Ray.

The participants and the students then adjourned into the Beecher City High School gym, where they heard presentations from Ray, State Trooper Devvie Hodge who narrated the mock crash presentation outside, Warner and Green, with Beecher City High School Principal Phil Lark serving as emcee.

Perhaps the most compelling presentation, though, was from Teresa Rogers, whose son Roy was killed in a crash involving a drunk driver in 2009.

The recurring theme was avoiding drinking and driving, although some speakers urged students not to ride with someone who'd been drinking and Green also reminded students to buckle up saying he'd handled many deaths that could've been prevented had the persons been wearing their safety belts.

By the way, Beecher City's prom is Friday night; Cowden-Herrick's prom is Saturday night.

(BEECHER CITY AND COWDEN-HERRICK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LOOK ON AS EMERGENCY CREWS BEGIN THEIR GRIM TASK OF REMOVING VICTIMS OF AN ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASH FROM THEIR VEHICLES)