BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Today the LAPD has confirmed that a male officer was fatally injured and a female PC critically injured when both were involved in a crash involving both a police cruiser and an oncoming big rig. The incident took place in Beverly Hills on Friday morning.
The crash happened at the intersection of Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane at 8 a.m.
Both the injured officer and the driver of the large truck were transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Both of them are predicted to survive says the LAPD Chief, Charlie Beck.
The big rig was traveling south on Loma Visa Drive while the cruiser was going north.
It's possible the truck might have lost control as it was going downhill. Then it hit the cruiser.
"Terrible accident," says San Francisco resident, Alice Marshall.
Nobody can say at this point why the big truck was even on the road but a sign is posted at the entrance to Loma Vista Drive advising that anything over 3 tons is prohibited.
While the deceased officer's name has not be released, police have honored their fallen colleague.
"The fallen officer's body was removed from the crash site around 12:30 p.m. Officers lined the street as the gurney, covered with an American flag, was moved to the coroner's van. The van was then escorted out of the area by a police procession.
The names of the LAPD officers have not been released, but both were assigned to the Hollywood Division. Beck said the fallen officer was with the department for more than a decade and is "extremely well respected." His partner, who was in the patrol car with him, has only been out of the academy for about three months."
The officer who was injured and the driver of the truck have been taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Both are expected to survive their injuries, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave a statement to the press, reminding the public of what a great job the officers do.
"This tragedy reminds us of the selflessness of our LAPD officers who put their lives on the line everyday to protect us," Garcetti said. "Amy's and my thoughts and condolences are with the families and all of their LAPD brothers and sisters today."
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Source: ABC News