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Off-Duty Officer Killed In Crash On 101 Freeway

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SHERMAN OAKS (CBS) — An off-duty Los Angeles police officer has died after an early-morning crash on the Ventura (101) Freeway.

The single-vehicle accident occurred about 3:20 a.m. Saturday at the Van Nuys Boulevard offramp on the eastbound freeway, according to authorities.

LAPD Sgt. Carl Taylor said the officer was found gravely injured and still belted in the driver’s seat which had separated from his pickup truck after it struck a guardrail.

The California Highway Patrol was investigating the cause of the crash.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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