Pine Bluff officials participated in a mock crash event that served as an eye-opening experience for 20 high school students and bystanders June 10.

Pine Bluff officials participated in a mock crash event that served as an eye-opening experience for 20 high school students and bystanders June 10.


The Medical Application of Science for Health (MASH) students saw the mock crash at the corner of Mulberry Street and 40th Avenue. As the students approached the scene, they found two wrecked vehicles with injured passengers caused by a head-on collision due to a distracted/texting driver, a spokeswoman said in a news release.


The students witnessed a panicked phone call by a student actor portraying a witness to the crash followed by the arrival of the Pine Bluff Police Department, Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department and Emergency


Ambulance Service Inc. (EASI.)


The students observed the diverse duties of these emergency service divisions as well as the teamwork they use to stabilize the crash victims. They observed the assessment and removal of severely injured passengers and the life-saving care one might receive. Students watched as one passenger traveled to the emergency department via ambulance and another via MedFlight, which landed on scene.


Participants also watched as an officer "arrested" the distracted driver. The mock crash was followed up with a discussion led by these emergency service workers and healthcare professionals to further enlighten students on the dangers of distracted driving as well as risky behaviors and statistics commonly seen with crashes in the Pine Bluff community,a spokeswoman said.


MASH is sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences South Central and locally hosted by Jefferson Regional Medical Center. It is a two week summer program designed to provide high school students the opportunity to learn about careers in the healthcare profession.


In addition to the mock crash, the students participated in many hands-on activities. The participants were scheduled to graduate from the program Friday, June 17, with CPR certification, newly acquired medical skills, and insight into how they may contribute to their community as future healthcare professionals.


MASH officials thanked participants from the police and fire departments, John Bagley and Bill Beadle with EASI, Baptist Health MedFlight, Foster Towing and Recovery services and the Pine Bluff Arsenal.