E. Cypress Road just past Knightsen Ave. was shut down in both directions for nearly two-hours after a car struck a pole around 12:22 pm. A line of cars could be seen in both directions sitting on the side of the road as the Oakley Police Department, East Contra Costa Fire protection District and American Medical Response worked the incident.
This is a major problem for Bethel Island and Oakley residents as this is the main entrance in and out of the area.
1:35 pm Update: According to Oakley Police Chief Bani Kollo, power lines were the concern and are the cause of traffic being held up for a longer than normal period of time.
1:45 pm Update: It appears Cypress was re-opened.
1:58 pm Update: Chief Kollo informed me that power is out to the down lines, the road will be closed later to replace the poll, but no information was provided when this will happen.
This road being closed was not fun, I was stuck for sometime. I should have turned around sooner. Now I know how bad the accident was. Hope no one was seriously injured
Once you get past Kniightsen Ave, its the only way to get to Bethel Island and the far eastern side of Oakley. and NO the long talked about extension of Bethel Island Rd to Delta Rd has not been built. I have had that discussion with people more times than I care to think about. Usually when they are sitting in front of my home waiting for the road to reopen LOL LOL LOL. Hope everyone is ok.
Since I was at work when this happened, I missed the details. But I am curious how someone driving down E. Cypress Rd in a section that is straight and flat, go off the road and hit the pole. Based on all the crap in the roadway, this car was in both the west and eastbound lanes (spinning?). Wonder if this is an excellent example of distracted driving? as I said, just curious.
Why is it called “distracted driving” anyway? It’s a “self inflicted” distraction as far as I’m concerned. Until we get the penalties for using an electronic device while attempting to drive a vehicle to equal those of “Driving Under the Influence” these people will continue to injure or kill the rest of us.
He went into oncoming traffic one of our drivers seen the whole thing in his mirror in his rig it happend right behind him he said it look like he was texting someone but he wasnt shure
The area around the intersection of Knightsen Avenue and East Cypress Road in Oakley on the way to Bethel Island is a VERY DANGEROUS area. People PLEASE, slow down, pay attention don’t be tempted to pass on the double yellow lines, and use your defensive driving skills. In the few short years I have lived here, there have been three FATAL accidents at that intersection that I know of. Also I witnessed an elderly couple (they survived) in the car ahead of me get rammed as a car in the opposing direction totally disregarded oncoming traffic as it turned into the Valero gas station on the corner.
Side note: Only on Gateway Road is Bethel Island’s speed limit higher than 25 miles/hour. Most of it is dead end road with 15 mph speed limit through the blind corners. People PLEASE don’t speed on our island. I’m tired of seeing your roadkill.
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