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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • SkillsUSA hosting docudrama of major two-vehicle collision

  • Grand River Technical School will be the site of a major two-vehicle collision this Friday. On Friday, the GRTS chapter of SkillsUSA will host a docudrama to stress the dangers of driving while impaired.
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  • Grand River Technical School will be the site of a major two-vehicle collision this Friday.
    On Friday, the GRTS chapter of SkillsUSA is hosting a docudrama to stress the dangers of driving while impaired. SkillsUSA Advisor Vicky Duckworth said the mock accident is meant to be as close to a real-world emergency situation as possible.
    “We're planning on having a couple of vehicles out here arranged like they would be in an accident, and we'll already have our victims positioned in the vehicles," Duckworth explained. "Chillicothe Emergency Services will have a call come in of an accident. They will come in with lights and sirens. The firetruck and ambulance will pull up. They'll all jump out and proceed to evaluate the victims."
    The docudrama uses severely damaged vehicles, makeup and fake blood in the demonstration. The mock accident serves as a graphic representation of the consequences of impaired driving.
    "The students see the whole process," Duckworth said. "More than likely, one of the victims will be pronounced dead on arrival. One of the victims eventually, weather permitting, will be lifted out by Life Flight Eagle out of Trenton. One of the drivers will go through a field sobriety test and eventual arrest."
    Duckworth said the target audience for these demonstrations are high schoolers, especially in the spring.
    "At this time of the year, you have a lot of graduation parties, you have a lot of proms," Duckworth said. "There are a lot of celebrations where young people might not make the best decisions."
    In addition to the mock accident, there will be a number of different booths and simulations where participants can learn more information. Some of the presenters and demonstrators include the Chillicothe Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol-Troop H, C2000 Team, Missouri Safe and Sober, Saint Luke’s / Hedrick Medical Center Trauma Team and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
    The SkillsUSA mock accident docudrama is scheduled for two demonstrations at 8:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. this Friday at GRTS.SkillsUSA Advisor Vicky Duckworth said the mock accident is meant to be as close to a real-world emergency situation as possible.
    “We're planning on having a couple of vehicles out here arranged like they would be in an accident, and we'll already have our victims positioned in the vehicles," Duckworth explained. "Chillicothe Emergency Services will have a call come in of an accident. They will come in with lights and sirens. The firetruck and ambulance will pull up. They'll all jump out and proceed to evaluate the victims."
    The docudrama uses severely damaged vehicles, makeup and fake blood in the demonstration. The mock accident serves as a graphic representation of the consequences of impaired driving.
    "The students see the whole process," Duckworth said. "More than likely, one of the victims will be pronounced dead on arrival. One of the victims eventually, weather permitting, will be lifted out by Life Flight Eagle out of Trenton. One of the drivers will go through a field sobriety test and eventual arrest."
    Page 2 of 2 - Duckworth said the target audience for these demonstrations are high schoolers, especially in the spring.
    "At this time of the year, you have a lot of graduation parties, you have a lot of proms," Duckworth said. "There are a lot of celebrations where young people might not make the best decisions."
    In addition to the mock accident, there will be a number of different booths and simulations where participants can learn more information. Some of the presenters and demonstrators include the Chillicothe Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol-Troop H, C2000 Team, Missouri Safe and Sober, Saint Luke’s / Hedrick Medical Center Trauma Team and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
    The SkillsUSA mock accident docudrama is scheduled for two demonstrations at 8:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. this Friday at GRTS.

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