Crash in front of local high school wasn’t real, but the impact was

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A simulated traffic crash Wednesday outside of Midway High School was designed to make a lasting impact on students about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Juniors and seniors at Midway High cried for their friends, and some even tried to help rescue the victims of the simulated car accident, which was staged as part of the Shattered Dreams program, which aims to drive home the consequences of drunken driving.

First responders, including Hewitt police officers and firefighters as well as paramedics were part of the simulation and they made it feel very real.

"We do have a pretty strong belief that alcohol played a huge part in this accident, right now we do have one individual in custody," Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin said, as firefighters and paramedics tended to the injured and the dying.

"I tried to swerve, my head hurts. I don't know what happened after that, I tried to swerve. I tried to swerve," one victim said.

"That's my sister laying on the ground," another student said.

Three of the victims in the simulation were pronounced dead at the scene while others were injured.

Some had to be cut free of the managed wreckage of the car.

"It's a bad wreck. It's a bad wreck," Devlin said.

As part of the two-day program, Midway students will view a recap of the simulated accident Thursday morning.

Shattered Dreams simulations are typically scheduled in the spring, ahead of school proms, when teens are often more likely to use alcohol.