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Osakis juniors and seniors view mock car crash

The crash was staged on the public boat landing and featured two vehicles with several people in each vehicle.

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A LifeLink helicopter lands at the scene of a mock car crash in Osakis.
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OSAKIS — Osakis juniors and seniors got a chance to see what a car crash can be like last week.

That's because on Wednesday, May 18, a variety of different entities came together to stage a mock car crash and make a presentation to the students.

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Rescue workers attend to one of the participants in a mock car crash in Osakis.
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"If you can save one life so the parents, the brothers, the sisters, the teachers don't have to go through this, it's well worth it," said firefighter Mark Pomerleau.

The crash was staged on the public boat landing and featured two vehicles with several people in each vehicle.

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Rescue workers surround one of the vehicles at a mock car crash in Osakis.
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The presentation showed exactly what happens as authorities arrive on the scene, and concluded with one of the crash victims being taken away in a hearse.

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The entire scene was played with commentary from Pomerleau and retired firefighter Dana Hetland.

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A LifeLink helicopter prepares to land at the scene of a mock car crash in Osakis.
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Pomerleau said the mock crashes have been staged since the early 2000s, usually every two years, and that sometimes guest speakers appear, as well.

"We had a fatality a number of years ago, and his sister came and did a speech, and she knocked it out of the park," Pomerleau said.

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A rescue worker cuts into the windshield so it can be removed at a mock car crash in Osakis.
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Among the entities participating in Wednesday's mock crash were the Osakis Fire Department, Osakis First Responders, the Osakis Police Department, North Ambulance, Anderson Funeral Home, LifeLink, the Osakis School District and city crews.

The vehicles were donated by Bill Dropik of Nelson and the make-up was done by West Central EMS.

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A sobriety test is performed at a mock car crash in Osakis.
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Pomerleau thanked all of the employers who let workers off to come participate in the presentation.

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Workers place one of the participants in a mock car crash on a stretcher.
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Workers secure one of the participants in a mock car crash to a stretcher in Osakis.
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Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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