Impact on the IMPAC

Student crashes car into building


photo credit: Noah Bickley

Crash course \ A student driver crashed into the side of the IMPAC building Tuesday afternoon Oct. 5. No one was injured in the accident.

writer: Hannah Hansen, Editor-in-Chief

A student crashed into the side of the IMPAC building Tuesday afternoon Oct. 5.

The student driver was unharmed, and there were no other injuries, although a staff member and group of students were inside the building when the crash occurred. 

“Those students and the staff member were safe, they were not injured, and they moved to another part of campus,” Principal Tiffany Doolan said.

However, the side of the IMPAC, the school’s indoor practice facility, sustained damage.

“A loud boom came from the other side of the gym,” said Madison Palmer, one of the students in the building when the crash occurred. “When we all looked over, part of the wall was folded in. We were more confused than anything because we couldn’t see what happened since the wall wasn’t completely split open.”

Both the police and fire departments were called and arrived quickly on the scene, as well as the district facilities team.

“We are grateful for the quick response by the Wylie Police Department, the Wylie Fire Department, and the Wylie ISD facilities team,” Principal Doolan said. “As always, the safety and security of students and staff is our top priority at WEHS. Our district’s facilities team is currently assessing the damage.”

Sports practices will not be affected due to the damage, but it is not known if/when the damage will be repaired.

“I, personally, am not nervous to return mainly because the likelihood of that happening again is very slim,” Palmer said. “It was a once in a lifetime experience.”