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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Texting, Drinking, Driving... Death

The Emergency Department staff at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville went on alert in a joint exercise drill with Morgan County first esponders and volunteer students from Monrovia High School. April 27.

The scene? A three-car "accident" near the high school, each vehicle carrying two students. One of the drivers had been drinking; another distracted by phone texting. The third driver was a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They converged at curve near the high school.

The drill, coordinated by the Monroe Township Fire Department, included responders from Brown Township Fire Department, A&A Township Fire and Rescue and a medical crew from Stat Flight.

The victims, some of whom had to be extricated from vehicles, all sustained various degrees of injuries and were taken by ambulance to St. Francis. Another arrived by helicopter. Two of the volunteer students didn't make it to the hospital -- one was arrested for "drunk driving" and the othe was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nathan Lowder, R.N., manager of the Mooresville emergency department helped coordinate the drill, which included several of the department's nurses. Susan Perkins, R.N., disaster management coordinator for Franciscan St. Francis Health, also was on-site for the drill.