It’s one of the worst nightmares a school or parent can imagine, a school bus involved in a crash.
Luckily on this day, the crash is simulated. The injuries nothing more than latex and fake blood.
At the Bluegrass Railroad and Museum in Versailles, first responders got to train in an exercise simulating a bus and train collision. As part of the exercise, participants acted out different injuries, ranging in severity. Firefighters even pried the windshield off the tipped bus to access the inside of the vehicle.
“It was a crazy experience being on that bus,” said Mason Salvo, a sophomore a Moore High School (Jefferson County). “You see all these firefighters opening the window in front of your face, you hear it cracking and it almost scares you. It feels like it’s real and you really get into it.”
The entire point of the exercise is to provide as realistic a situation as possible in an attempt to help emergency crews respond to dangerous situations more quickly, according the Freeman Bailey, the director of Woodford County EMS, who organized the event.
“We have smoke and screaming kids and parents, it’s all supposed to make it as stressful as possible,” said Bailey.
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