Overland Park officers involved in a pair of accidents on icy roads

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- You hear TV reporters and police say over and over to stay off of the road during winter weather. Perhaps if one driver had done so on Saturday, an accident that happened just after noon wouldn't have happened.

Police were helping a tow truck driver work a crash on 69 Highway south. An officer was parked on the shoulder -- helping the wrecker's driver as he pulled a car from the ditch.

Just then, an oncoming SUV lost control on the icy road -- and struck the police cruiser from behind. The Overland Park police car ended up on its side -- but somehow -- no one was seriously injured.

“While the tow truck winched this Jeep behind us on the truck, the vehicle off to my left, the Suburban, apparently lost control on the ice, and rear-ended the patrol vehicle and pushed the tow truck,” said Sgt. Mark Wilson with OPPD.

That's one of two accidents Overland Park police were involved in on Saturday. The earlier crash involved a pair of police cruisers -- both of which will need repairs – but nobody was seriously injured in that incident either.

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