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4 D.C. cops hurt in crash

Matt Zapotosky

Four off-duty D.C. police officers — three on their way home from work and one on the way in — were injured when their vehicles collided in the Oxon Hill-Fort Washington area Thursday night, according to police and law enforcement sources.

The crash occurred just after 10:30 p.m. on Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road, authorities said. According to a law enforcement source, a vehicle carrying three D.C. police officers on their way home from work appeared to run a red light as it made a left turn onto Old Fort Road, and it was T-boned by a vehicle carrying another D.C. police officer on the way to work.

All four officers were injured, though none critically, authorities said. Wendell Cunningham, vice chairman of the D.C. police union, said the officer heading into work has been released from the hospital. He said two others remain at MedStar in stable condition, and he was unsure of how the fourth officer was doing.

Police and law enforcement sources said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash. One law enforcement source said the crash appears to be a simple traffic error, and the fact that all involved were D.C. police officers was a coincidence.

None of the vehicles involved was a D.C. police cruiser, authorities said. The officers in the vehicle that ran the light were in uniform, and the officer in the other vehicle was in plain clothes.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  September 3, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
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Funny, when policemen (outside the course of duty) run the red light it's "a simple traffic error."

Posted by: tashanapper | September 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I say no coincidence. The incidence of those employed by the government acting like complete jerks because they are above the law because they ARE the law has grown immensely since 9/11. I routinely see the DHS cops, chevy suburbans, and those with government tags etc. drive like COMPLETE a-holes. Yeah, i'm sure it's all in the name of national security. These guys just love to go play John Wayne out there. Just like in Spike Lee's Katrina documentary and the cavalry arrives to "help and protect" with guns drawn. Thanks a lot...

Posted by: wordup1 | September 3, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I say no coincidence. The incidence of those employed by the government acting like complete jerks because they are above the law because they ARE the law has grown immensely since 9/11. I routinely see the DHS cops, chevy suburbans, and those with government tags etc. drive like COMPLETE a-holes. Yeah, i'm sure it's all in the name of national security. These guys just love to go play John Wayne out there. Just like in Spike Lee's Katrina documentary and the cavalry arrives to "help and protect" with guns drawn. Thanks a lot...

Posted by: wordup1 | September 3, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

oops. uhh...comment posted twice for emphasis

Posted by: wordup1 | September 3, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

tashanapper: Very funny indeed!!

Posted by: Joe_H | September 3, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

What percentage of DC cops actually live in DC?

Posted by: joebananas1 | September 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@joebananas1
Almost none. Most live in Maryland.

Posted by: Hypocritic | September 3, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me that this is a real story and not somebody's joke of the day. Two cars carrying police going in oppersite directions hit each other?!

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 3, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like they were racing. Hope they drug test them like they are suppose to. Something in the milk ain't white with this one

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | September 3, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps you all should keep in mind that four police officers - people that put their lives on the line for you - are injured, some of them seriously. Show a little respect, not only for the officers but also for their families. Regarding the assertion that they may have been racing, how would that result in them t-boning one another? Impossible. I agree that police officers often abuse their position and drive like jerks, but it is inappropriate to make light of this accident by saying that these officers (on their way home from patrolling the city) were in any way acting like "John Wayne".

Posted by: bikeridr9 | September 3, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

The article said, "appeared to have run a red light" so assuming that they were drunk, on drugs or abusing their position is unfair until all the facts are in. At bikeridr9- thanks. One of the guys is a good friend of my husband and mine.

Posted by: lewswife | September 3, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Shame on all of you. I graduated with these three officers and they are upstanding people and they don't abuse their powers. Accidents happen and how dare all of you be so disrespectful of 4 officers who are hurt, 2 of them very badly. They got off of work 10 minutes before this happened and none of them do drugs or drink and drive. You should be ashamed of yourselves. God forbid you, your child, your spouse or parent is hurt like this and people who have no idea the circumstances regarding the accident call them scumbags when they are fighting for their lives.

Posted by: doxparadise | September 3, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

lewswife and doxparadise - It's good to see that there are still some decent people in this world. By 'abuse their position' I was just saying that I have witnessed officers (on duty) drive way above the speed limit or use their siren to get through an traffic (just to then turn it off), although admittedly I've only seen this in Baltimore and in Baltimore/Howard county. That's not the case here, though. I'm pulling for these guys to make a fast, full recovery!

Posted by: bikeridr9 | September 4, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't often read blogs like this - much less post a comment. But I feel compelled in this case. To "wordup1" and the other jerks that feel compelled to speak ill of the cops, just because they're cops - I bet you won't refuse their help should you ever be in danger. And as for the driver of the car that allegedly ran a red light, I would ride with him any time, as would my son, who is one of the seriously injured officers in this crash.

Posted by: grut | September 5, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

oops. uhh...comment posted twice for emphasis

Posted by: grut | September 5, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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