The Iowa State Patrol says about 15 teenagers have already died this year in crashes. The patrol hopes a mock car crash staged Tuesday helps deters teens from making the bad decisions that cause those types of crashes.
The crash was complete with an air ambulance at Newton High School Tuesday morning.
The officers set the scene, saying two vehicles crashed killing two people and injuring three others. They say the person who caused the crash was drunk.
After the helicopter took the injured, the coroner took the victims who didn't survive.
“It really just made it more real...it could happen to anybody,” says student Jake Smith.
The injured victims in the mock crash were airlifted to Skiff Medical Center in Newton. The hospital also used the opportunity to practice a trauma event.
The mock crash was scheduled Tuesday because this weekend is the school's homecoming.