The day started with sirens roaring and ended with one person rolled away on a stretcher and a second with a sheet draped over their body.
Thankfully the accident wasn't real but Pickens County high school juniors and seniors got to see firsthand, through roleplaying, how deadly texting and driving or drinking and driving can be.
"Hopefully this won't happen to no one you know," said one police officer.
The area's first Fatal Decision Day event was held outside Pickens County High School in Reform. With junior and senior proms about a month away, organizers want students to visualize what can go wrong if they make the wrong decision while behind the wheel of a car.
"That grey vehicle that just pulled up is Pickens County's coroner," another officer said to a crowd of several hundred students from Pickens County, Gordo and Aliceville high schools.
Some kids took the demonstration seriously.
"I'm speechless. I know I would never text and drive," Anthony Todd said.
Actors played the victims, but everyone else who participated were acting in their real life roles.
Area first responders, police, fire fighters and people from the court system were on hand to show and tell onlookers what happens when the accident first happens, when someone is hurt or killed and what happens if those responsible for a crash go to court.
"It makes you think twice about texting and driving because it cost someone else's life," Keanno Brock, a Gordo High School student, said.
Jamie Chapman, Superintendent of Pickens County Schools, believes by showing kids the bad that can come from drinking or texting while driving, they will think twice before making a bad decision.
"There's been local teens that has been in accidents, come out of it and walked away," Chapmansaid. "And then we've had some that's been hospitalized and we've had some that's been fatal."
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