A harsh reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving

In the parking lot of North Branch Area High School Friday, two cars were damaged, shattered glass was strewn across the pavement, and numerous students were shaken and bloody.

It was the scene of a horrific, head-on accident.

But thankfully the crash was simply a demonstration — a mock crash before prom the next day — to show students the possible consequences of drinking and driving.

Students braved the cold, damp weather to watch some of their peers act out the scene with the assistance of the North Branch Police Department, Lakes Region EMS and the North Branch Fire Department. Even a helicopter was used to take away one of the student actors who was portraying a severely injured passenger in one of the cars.

Photos by Derrick Knutson

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