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Mock crash at Western Dubuque High School teaches lesson

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Juniors and seniors at Western Dubuque High School witnessed a mock crash Tuesday Juniors and seniors at Western Dubuque High School witnessed a mock crash Tuesday
EPWORTH (KWWL) -

With high school proms and graduations approaching, one eastern Iowa high school hammered home the life-shattering consequences of drinking and driving.

Emergency crews responded to a mock crash Tuesday morning at Western Dubuque High School.

Junior and senior students watched as crews removed their peers from a mangled car. In a staged situation, two people "died," and three were critically injured and a drunk teen driver went to jail.

Tom Berger is Epworth's fire chief and the Dubuque County Emergency Management Coordinator. He helped lead the effort Tuesday morning.

"We don't like going to the accidents any more than, you know, people like being in them, so it's just important that they try to make the right choices," Berger said. "If we can affect one person, then our goal is accomplished."

An AirCare helicopter from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics also landed on the scene to help drive home the seriousness of the situation.

Junior Ana Barrett was chosen from the crowd of students to make the initial 911 call to report the mock crash.

"It was very surreal," she said afterward. "I mean, I've never been in a situation like that before, so when it happened, like, it's almost like everything in time freezes, and you just have to respond with what you know."

She said her fellow students seemed to take the mock crash seriously.

"Now I think, you know, people will take a lot from this, just from seeing that situation, you kind of realize like the consequences are really severe," Barrett said.

April is also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which helps highlight the dangers of behaviors such as texting and driving.

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