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See This Image of a Smashed Police Car

A reader has shared a photo of a squad car heavily damaged when it was struck by at least one other vehicle in Odenton Thursday. The officer suffered minor injuries.

Thursday morning was a chaotic one, as icy roads led to scores of traffic accidents across the county. 

Locally, the icy roads may have contributed to at least one fatal accident, plus several others on Annapolis Road, Dairy Farm Road and Route 100. 

Reader Eric Flanagan took a photo of this crash on Annapolis Road, on the overpass near the MARC station. It shows an Anne Arundel County police car heavily damaged after being struck by at least one other vehicle. 

Flanigan said it appeared that the officer had pulled over one vehicle when another car crashed into one or both of the idled cars. 

Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy confirmed the crash happened on Thursday morning at about 7:45 a.m. He told Patch that the officer was sent to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

This crash could serve as one example of how bridges and overpasses have the tendency to be icier than normal roadways. 

Do you have any pictures of photos from Thursday's traffic woes? Feel free to upload photos here or in our Pics & Clips gallery. (Please, no graphic photos.)

Prasad February 17, 2013 at 01:15 PM
What I don't understand is when police signal to pull over, peoe just stop on main traffic lanes! That is wrong. That not only cause accidents like this and also cause traffic delays to many! There is a public library parking lot just next to that accident spot and gas station on opposite side. If the police would have been car over there that should have avoided this accident.
McGibblets February 17, 2013 at 01:30 PM
"This crash could serve as one example of how bridges and overpasses have the tendency to be icier than normal roadways. " Absolutely. It also could serve as one example of how routine traffic stops are egregious if they pertain to victimless crimes. Can we get an update on why the person was pulled over? No traffic stop, no accident. "To protect and serve" at its finest.
Calique February 18, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Why do you care what the reason for the traffic stop was? Like Prasad said, why didn't the driver pull into a parking lot? "...routine traffic stops are egregious if they pertain to victimless crimes." What does that even mean?
McGibblets February 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM
What do you mean 'why do i care'? Its obvious that if there was no traffic stop there would have been no accident. Given the nature and condition of the roads that morning I certainly hope it was something that justified the end result. If the driver of the vehicle that was pulled over was going 6mph over the speed limit this clearly indicates that policing the 'crime' has left us worse off than if we had not. Again, it appears there was no victim from the Mercedes driver's actions until the police got involved and created a more hazardous situation on the road than existed before the officer got involved.
McGibblets February 18, 2013 at 05:31 PM
"What does that even mean?" It means that there is not point in creating a hazardous situation on the roadways with flashing lights and cars pulled over if it isnt necessary. Even driving 6mph over the speed limit does little if any harm provided there are no accidents.... hence victimless crime. Had someone been speeding and caused an accident, then there is a victim and yes it is something that should be pursued further... but creating hazardous roadway situations in the name of making the roads safer is, well, idiotic.
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