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3 police officers involved in Culver City chain-reaction crash

December 9, 2011 |  5:44 pm

Authorities are downplaying a three-vehicle collision involving police patrol cars in Culver City.

A motorist slammed into the rear of a police car on a residential street Wednesday night, pushing the black-and-white into the rear of another police car. The first motorist, in a dark Ford Victoria, turned out to be a police officer as well, behind the wheel of an unmarked police vehicle.

Culver City Police Sgt. Aubrey Kellum admitted he’d never heard of a three-car wreck solely involving police cars but downplayed the incident.

“It’s really kind of a nothing traffic collision,” he said.

The officers had all just left a regional law enforcement training session at Culver City Police Department headquarters on Duquesne Avenue. The Gardena Police Department officer driving the unmarked Ford was traveling at 25 mph, Kellum said, and simply noticed too late that the patrol car in front of him had come to a stop.

The two patrol cars that were rear-ended both belonged to the Manhattan Beach Police Department. One of the officers complained of pain, Kellum said, but otherwise there were no injuries.

“Just a simple rear-ending,” Kellum said. “It happens.”

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