Black ice leads to collision, brief closure of County Road 2 near Odessa

A hydro pole leans precariously toward the roadway as crews with Loyalist Township Fire & Rescue block off the area following a collision on County Road 2 near Odessa in the early morning of Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024. Photo via OPP East Region on X (Twitter).

The closure of a stretch of County Road 2 (Highway 2) in Loyalist Township occurred early this morning after a collision reportedly caused by black ice.

Just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2023, Loyalist Fire and Rescue, Lennox and Addington (L&A) Paramedic Services, and the L&A County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received reports of a collision on Highway 2 between Fairbanks Road and Neil Road, just east of Odessa. Both the fire department and paramedics were on scene when police arrived; according to the OPP, a vehicle “hit black ice and slid into a pole.”

The OPP reported that the two people in the vehicle sustained minor injuries. County Road 2 was closed to traffic in both directions for over two hours due to the struck hydro pole, which was “leaning towards the road,” police said.

The roadway was reopened by 8:37 a.m., according to a social media post on X (formerly Twitter) from the OPP East Region. However, crews with Hydro One will be working in the area throughout the day.

“Expect Hydro flaggers and trucks in the area to fix the pole,” Constable David Yome, Media Relations Officer with the L&A OPP, said in an email to Kingstonist.

The OPP are urging motorists to exercise caution on County Road 2 in the area for the remainder of the day.

As a result of the collision and ensuing investigation, a 38-year-old man from Odessa was charged with careless driving, the OPP disclosed.

The OPP are urging motorists to exercise caution on County Road 2 (also known as Highway 2 and Princess Street in the Kingston area) throughout the day on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024, following a collision in the area marked above in orange. Hydro One crews will be working in the area after a vehicle collided with a hydro pole, according to police. Graphic via Google Maps.

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