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Update: Black Ice Causes Two Accidents On Busy Lafayette Street

Public works crews have put sand and salt on the portion of Pleasant Hill Road where the black ice formed

Black ice on Lafayette roads on Thursday morning
Black ice on Lafayette roads on Thursday morning
Black ice caused two accidents on a commuter road in Lafayette on Thursday morning.

The slippery ice was reported before 8 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Pleasant Hill Road just north of Olympic Boulevard.

Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen said the ice caused one vehicle to skid sideways and roll over onto its side.

Another vehicle popped a tire and ended up in a flower bed.

No serious injuries were reported.

Christensen said public works crews have put sand and salt on the portion of Pleasant Hill Road where the ice formed.

He said trees shading that section of roadway prevent the ice from melting in the early morning hours.

Mark Roberts December 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM
I've spotted several patches of black ice in Orinda on recent mornings, most caused by homeowners who had their sprinkler systems on to water their lawns and landscaping. It's amazing how much water winds up on pavement rather than plants because folks don't check the alignment of their sprinkler heads -- or use 360 heads instead of 180 heads. When it's cold -- and dry -- we need to prevent ice formation AND save water!
C Roberts December 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Thanks for these up-to-the-minute alerts! We were wondering if the black ice at Olympic Road/Pleasant Hill might have been exacerbated by the watering system in the newly planted medians there?
Susan Nork December 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM
City of Lafayette has the sprinklers on watering the meridian at dawn causing a wet icy Pleasant Hill Road. Why are they watering when we just had a good rain and freezing conditions?
Oppelt December 12, 2013 at 01:55 PM
I drive this daily and watch people drive far too fast (well over the speed limit) when it's not 31 degrees out. Thus when mixed with black ice is no good—but alas drivers should be aware of temps and impacts thereof.
Jose December 13, 2013 at 01:42 AM
I don't think this will be an item of contention for long. NASA has activated its Tiger Team, and a definitive answer should be forthcoming shortly.

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