Local volunteers ready a mock patient to be removed from a staged car crash and transported via a helicopter. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
With red lights flashing, power tools humming, glass shattered into crystal rocks on the pavement and twisted metal what just minutes prior had been car roofs and doors tossed to the side, the jaws slowly lowered and the cell phones were pointed in ‘capture’ mode.
After firefighters muscled the jaws of life to tear aluminum and carbon fiber from two cars that had become cages to its passengers, EMS volunteers broke out the neck braces and popped the stretchers into position, ready to take away the victims of a head-on collision Friday morning.
Then the hearse arrived, and somebody was being zipped into a white body bag.
This high school tradition, a morbid mise en scene intended to spring the neck hair of prom-going seniors, couldn’t get more real short of somebody’s heart actually stopping.