Pullman firefighters and police officers responded to a deadly DUI accident on Thursday, right on the Washington State University campus in the middle of the day.
"I totally thought this was real when I came out of the class," said WSU student Hana Kim.
Thankfully, it wasn't a real accident. It was a simulation staged by GIVE, a philanthropic committee of the WSU student government.
"We like to do the dramatic effect kind of thing because a lot of times people know the actors and the actresses and they walk by and they're like, 'Oh my gosh, and I know these people, this could happen to my best friend,'" said ASWSU-GIVE student Shawna Brennan.
And the dramatic effect worked. Students passing through the Terrell Mall didn't know what to think.
"I mean I walked out and I saw this and I didn't understand what happened," said Kim. "Like what... what could have happened that made this car that totaled? It's unbelievable."
Even the actors were surprised at how much of an impact the simulation had.
"I think that's what really shook me up is when I saw them screaming and crying, and heard myself, thinking if I was in that position it just would be unbearable," said WSU student Shannel Mullan.
The DUI Stimulation was so realistic that it actually scared a lot of students. But it was all about reminding them to stay safe behind the wheel.
"So the mock car crash is a simulation that we use every year, kind of to bring awareness right before Halloween weekend about drunk driving," said ASWSU-GIVE student Kristy Hornland.
When Halloween comes around, students tend to get caught up in thinking about costumes and parties. GIVE hopes that this simulation will make them worry about a designated driver as well.
"It's one of those things where if you can get people to have that severe of a reaction, they're going to hold it in their memory," said Hornland.