Ice may have been a contributing factor in a motor vehicle accident that upended this morning’s back-to-school routine at Staples High School.
A Jeep — reportedly driven by a teacher — smashed through the side of the building into a culinary classrooms. Classes had not yet begun.
Incredibly, the vehicle crashed directly through windows and doors, missing adjacent brick walls.
But the driver reportedly hit a gas line to a stove.
There were no reported injuries. Police and fire vehicles raced to the scene, through the usual North Avenue morning traffic jam.
Students and staff were held outside, as fire officials checked for gas leaks. At 8:30, students and staff were allowed back in the building.
Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident.
It was quite a beginning, after 11 days away. School was out last week for winter break. Monday was a professional development day; yesterday was a snow day.