Corrections officer, dog killed in SR-79 rollover

A state corrections officer and a dog were killed in a solo car crash Monday on State Route 79 east of Lake Henshaw.

The marked Ford Crown Victoria veered out of control for unknown reasons and overturned about a half-mile north of San Felipe Road in the Warner Springs area shortly before 7:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Medics took the injured officer to a nearby fire station to be airlifted to a hospital, but he died before he could be put into an emergency-services helicopter. His name was withheld pending family notification.

The dog died at the scene of the crash. It was not immediately clear if the animal was a service canine.

There were no other occupants of the sedan, the CHP reported.

Authorities closed the two-lane rural road in the area to allow for investigations and cleanup.

   
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