The Los Angeles police officer who died after his patrol car collided with a truck in Beverly Hills on Friday morning was a training officer, department officials said.
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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was en route to the hospital where the female officer was taken, Smith said. The driver of the truck was also critically injured, he said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, which occurred about 8 a.m. near Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane, said Beverly Hills Sgt. Max Subin. Smith said it initially appeared the truck "lost control," resulting in the collision.
Law enforcement agencies across Southern California have already sent condolences to the LAPD via Twitter, some posting pictures of badges with a black mourning band.
"It's a sad day for L.A. with the loss of an LAPD officer in the line of duty," California Highway Patrol's West Valley posted.