Students in Inuvik, N.W.T. 'shocked' by fake car collision

Emergency officials in Inuvik, N.W.T. showed students at East Three High School what a car crash involving a drunk driver can look like.

Local emergency officials demonstrate two-vehicle collision involving drunk driver

Firefighters and other emergency officials demonstrate a two-vehicle car crash involving a drunk driver. (David Thurton/CBC)

Bodies hung out of car windows, as firefighters used hydraulic tools to extract one of the vehicle's doors that had been jammed shut after impact.

Two vehicles had collided in Inuvik, N.W.T. because of an intoxicated driver, who was arrested on the scene. 

It all looked like a real car wreck, but it wasn't the real the thing. It was a demonstration for students at East Three High School, who are learning what happens when local emergency officials respond to a collision caused by impaired driving. 

It's part of a nation-wide effort to lower the number of motor vehicle collisions, which is the leading cause of death for young people.
Some students at the demonstration on Wednesday say they were "shocked" after seeing one of the victims of the fake car crash being taken away in a hearse. (David Thurton/CBC)

Wallace Goose, a student in Grade 9, watches the fake crash and sees two victims wheeled into a ambulance, another into a hearse.

"I am just sort of shocked," he said. "I don't know, drinking is such a stupid thing to do."

Const. Adam Fortier organized the collision. Goose's response is exactly what he was hoping for.

"I went through this program 15 years ago when I was in Grade 9. It definitely struck a cord with me," he said. 

The demonstration didn't stop at the collision; students followed the hearse all the way to the city's morgue.