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LAPD training officer dies in crash; 2nd officer in critical condition

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.

The officer from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division was training a female probationary officer who was critically injured in the crash, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. The names of the officers have not been released, pending notification of family.

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.

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