2 California Highway Patrol Officers Killed in Fresno County Crash

By NBC Bay Area Staff and Wire Services
|  Monday, Feb 17, 2014  |  Updated 11:46 AM PDT
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The California Highway Patrol says two officers were killed in an early morning accident in Fresno County while responding to a call of a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 99 in the Central Valley town of Kingsburg, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

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Two California Highway Patrol officers were killed Monday morning in a crash on Highway 99, near Kingsburg, about 20 miles south of Fresno.

CHP Capt. Dave Paris said the officers were killed while responding to a call of a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 99 in the Central Valley town of Kingsburg around 6 a.m. Monday.

Paris said the officers initially were driving southbound to the accident that had been reported on the northbound portion of Highway 99. They discovered that the collision was actually on the southbound part of the highway and that one the persons involved was on the road.

The two male officers tried to swerve out of the way, lost control of their vehicle and slammed into a guardrail. They died after their vehicle overturned.

The names of the officers have not been released.

All southbound lanes of Highway 99 were expected to remain closed into the afternoon as investigators reconstructed the scene.

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