MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Students at Manhattan High School's West Campus saw one of their friends taken away in a hearse Thursday, it was all part of a mock crash demonstration.
More than a thousand students gathered around the street outside MHS as first responders approached what looked like a deadly accident.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Teens Leading Teens organized the staged car crash as a stern reminder before prom. They say they want to send a sobering message to their peers to never drink and drive or text and drive.
Onlookers got quiet as the mock crash victim was wheeled away, but they say his character wouldn't have been the only victim in this situation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, an automobile accident happens every 10 seconds.
Organizers say if they can stop just one student from making dangerous decisions, this demonstration will have been worth it.