Patrol car flips over in Malibu; 2 deputies airlifted to hospital

Sheriff's patrol car flips over in Malibu; 2 deputies airlifted to hospital

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were airlifted to a  hospital Sunday after their patrol car overturned in Malibu, authorities said.

About 6:35 p.m., the deputies were driving along Kanan Dume Road near Latigo Canyon Road when their patrol car did not handle a turn properly, struck a guardrail and flipped over, Sgt. Edward Sheridan said.

The two deputies -- a man and a woman -- were airlifted to UCLA Medical Center in moderate condition, Sheridan said.

Kanan Dume Road was shut down in both directions at Latigo Canyon Road, and the California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert to warn motorists.

The deputies were responding to reports of a violent, mentally ill man who was throwing rocks at vehicles near Trancas Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway, about 10 miles from the scene of the accident, Sheridan said.

The man was taken into custody by a different squad of deputies and was  undergoing a health evaluation, Sheridan said.

Sheriff's investigators along with a team from the California Highway Patrol are investigating the cause of the accident.

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