The Easton Police Department informed the Courier at approximately 3 p.m. that Route 58 is open and roads are passable. “Road conditions were the worst I’ve seen in 15-20 years,” said Easton Police Chief Richard Doyle. “I thank the Easton Fire Department and Easton EMS for their efforts under difficult circumstances.”
Doyle also urged Easton residents to prepare for possible snowy conditions later this week. The current forecast calls for snow to develop after midnight on Thursday with 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Morning Ice Causes Accidents and Closures
Earlier in the day, icy road conditions in Easton led to several car accidents, power outages, and road closures. The early morning black ice that blanketed area roads also caused a delayed opening of Town Hall and the closure of ER9 schools.
An alert went out to Easton residents early this morning warning that black ice made leaving home hazardous. Salt trucks have provided safer passage, but there were accidents in town.
Town Hall is scheduled to open two hours late at 10 a.m. but visitors are advised to call ahead before going because some department are still closed. The Easton Community Center is closed.
Chief Doyle reported, “The roads flash froze at about 6:30 a.m. caused by a light misting rain resulting in approximately two dozen accidents.
“Rt. 58 between Valley Road and Center Road is closed until further notice. Utility Pole and wires are down across the road caused by a vehicle strike. There is no power in the area,” he said.
“Conditions are improving as the temperature rises. Fortunately there have been no serious injuries; mostly cars sliding off the road with some striking poles and trees,” Doyle said.
This story will be updated as new information is obtained.