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Published May 11, 2011, 06:36 PM

Mock DUI Crash Held in Park River to Illustrate Dangers of Drunk Driving

Students from Park River, ND, saw what could happen when they choose to drink and drive during not only graduation, but life.

Students from Park River, ND, saw what could happen when they choose to drink and drive during not only graduation, but life.

It's scenario that no one wants to happen.

Park River first responders received hands-on training responding to a mock DUI crash while teaching a very important message.

"This isn't an everyday call, fortunately, so we get the opportunity to work together and come together as a team to make sure that these people get the best care," said organizer Trooper Matt Peschong.

Seven students volunteered to teach their fellow classmates that drinking and driving is never a good idea.

"From acting it and having the jaws of life around you and the car shaking underneath you, it was very intense," said senior Taylor Schlenk.

"I actually did see a person cry, so it must have hit them hard on an emotional level and some people, they just couldn't believe it and it was so realistic," said senior Alaina Myrdal.

MeritCare's Lifeflight helicopter showed up to transport the serious victims and other injuries were treated on scene.

"It's not very often we get the opportunity of hands on training, like this, in this type of situation and scenario and having real actors and injuries that they displayed today," said Peschong.

For those watching, it was an eye-opening performance.

"Right away you could hear the crowd and everybody didn't get into it right away and not so serious, but once the accident happened and everything was happening, everybody took it more seriously," said Schlenk.

Trooper Peschong says everyone responded correctly and efficiently at the exercise Wednesday.

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