Two teenage Massachusetts brothers suffered life-threatening injuries when the pickup truck they were in slid off an icy roadway and crashed into a tree on Tuesday morning.
The accident occurred around 7:19 a.m. on MacArthur Boulevard and Route 28 north in Bourne, while the boys were on their way to school, authorities said.
Police said the Toyota Tacoma's driver and a passenger, ages 17 and 14, are students at the Upper Cape Technical Vocational School. They were both cit from the vehicle and taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island with life-threatening injuries.
They were in critical yet stable condition after surgery Tuesday evening.
School Superintendent Bob Dutch said the two teens were brothers and were on their way to school at the time of the crash. He said they are in critical condition.
"Obviously, they and their family are in our thoughts," he said in an email. "We are hopeful that they will fully recover from their injuries."
Dutch told NBC10 Boston defended the decision not to delay or cancel school Tuesday as a collective decision made with other superintendents and the Department of Public Works based on forecasts.
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"Hindsight is 20/20, obviously, and I don't know that I would have changed the decision given how the forecast ended up," he said.
The crash remains under investigation.
Police said the roads in town had been treated but were icy at the time of the accident.