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KINGSBURG, Calif. (CBS13/AP) – Two CHP officers have died after their car crashed into a pole this morning in Fresno County, according to authorities.

The incident happened at around 6 a.m. on Highway 99 and Bethel Avenue near Kingsburg, confirms CHP spokesman Axel Reyes.

CHP Capt. Dave Paris says the officers, both men, were driving southbound to the accident that was reported to be on northbound Highway 99, when they discovered it was actually in the southbound lanes and one person involved was on the highway. When the officers swerved to avoid the crash, they lost control of their vehicle, slamming into a guardrail. They died after their vehicle overturned.

Authorities estimate the freeway will be closed at least until 1 p.m. today.

CHP identified the two officers as Juan Gonzales and Brian Law.

Kingsburg is a city located 22 miles southeast of Fresno.

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