Slick road conditions were to blame Wednesday for a series of car crashes on the MLK Bypass that sent a Colorado Springs police officer to the hospital.
Just before 4 p.m., a Saturn sedan spun on and crashed on the MLK Bypass off Interstate 25, police said. A police officer responded to the wreck and parked on the shoulder to help the Saturn's occupants.
At the same time, a Honda spun off the road behind the cop car. As the Honda's driver recovered control of the vehicle and attempted to merge back into traffic, a pickup truck spun on the same icy patch of road and struck the back of the Honda, pushing it into the back of the patrol car, which was in turn pushed into the rear of the Saturn.
The officer was in his vehicle at the time of the crash and was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures, Sgt. Jeff Strossner said. The officer was released shortly after without injuries.
The pickup driver was ticketed for careless driving, police said.