Mock bus crash prepares medical students for real-life tragedies

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Penn Valley College held a mock bus crash on their campus, located at 31st and Southwest Trafficway on Friday, May 2. Medical students who took part in the event said it helped prepare them for real-life tragedies they may face during their careers as nurses and other medical care providers.

“It is really important for us to experience this because if something like that were to happen, we would already have some type of idea of how to react, put the nervousness aside and act fast because you never know the different injuries, so it’s important to get this experience for us,” one student said. “And even for us to see how our classmates react to something like that — it’s interesting.”

Penn Valley’s Dean of Health Science Dr. Lester Hardegree said Friday’s event provided students experiences they wouldn’t normally get in a classroom setting.

About 500 students took part in Penn Valley’s simulated drill. Watch the videos below to see some of the students in action.

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