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CSPD Officer Injured In Crash

Credit: CSPD

Credit: CSPD

Police say the whole thing started when the officer stopped to check on a single-car crash. (Credit: CSPD)
While the officer was checking on the first crash, a second car spun out behind the police cruiser and went off the road. (Credit: CSPD)
While the second driver tried to get back on the road, police say the vehicle was hit by a pickup truck, which then forced that car into both the police cruiser and the car involved in the initial single-vehicle crash. (Credit: CSPD)

A police officer was released from the hospital Wednesday night after being involved in an accident.

The officer was in his cruiser when it was hit on the MLK Bypass just off I-25 in Colorado Springs.

Investigators said it happened just before 4 p.m. Wednesday and was a part of a couple of different car crashes. Police said icy roads played a big part all of them.

Springs police told us it all started when the officer pulled over to check on a Saturn that had crashed.

Police said while the officer was there, a Honda spun out behind the cop car and went off the road. As the Honda’s driver tried to get back into traffic, it was hit by a pickup truck which forced the Honda into the police cruiser, and then pushed the cruiser into the Saturn that had already crashed.

Investigators said the roads were icy at the time of the crash.

"People lose control on the ice, which is what happened in the accident with the officer,” CSPD Sgt Jim Jeffcoat said. “Even right here [gestures] where we are, you see we are off to the side of the road, the roads are icy, patchy, and people are not always paying attention."

The officer involved in the crash had just minor injuries. Police said the pickup truck was ticketed for careless driving.

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