Ice Blamed in Fatal Canal Road Crash

By Megan McGrath
|  Saturday, Jan 15, 2011  |  Updated 9:33 AM EDT
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Black ice contributed to an accident that killed two people along Canal road in the district early Friday morning.

Black ice contributed to an accident that killed two people along Canal road in the district early Friday morning.

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2 Killed in Canal Road Head-On Crash

A head-on crash killed two men on Canal Road in northwest D.C. Friday morning.

Fatal Accident Closes Canal Road

Double-fatal accident closes Canal Road.
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It appears that ice may be to blame for a deadly head-on collision on Canal Road in northwest Washington Friday morning.

The accident happened at about 5 a.m. --before the traffic pattern switches to a one-way pattern for rush-hour traffic.  A pick-up truck and a Jaguar slammed into each other.  Two people in the car died.

NBC Washington spoke to the father of one of the drivers involved in the collision. Jim Rowe said his son called him at about 5 a.m. and said the Jaguar, traveling in the opposite direction on Canal Road, hit a patch of ice, crossed the center line and his his truck head-on.

Police said there was ice on the road in the area where the crash occurred.

Several people who drive on Canal Road told NBC Washington that there are a couple of spots where water collects, and when it freezes it can be quite dangerous.

Canal Road was closed in both directions for the entire morning rush hour between Arizona Avenue and Clark Place.

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