Marc D. Bishop, 21, of Lisbon crashed his SUV near the intersection of Route 37 and the Bridge Approach Road at roughly 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
He was not injured.
Mr. Bishop said his car began hydroplaning after Thursdays heavy rains as he attempted to merge into south-bound traffic on Route 37.
In order to avoid hurting other people on the road, Mr. Bishop said he swerved off the road in a break in the traffic.
His car skidded along the grass, finally coming to a stop after hitting a telephone pole.
Ogdensburg police and the city fire department responded.