POINT REYES STATION (AP) – Authorities say a Northern California sheriff’s deputy was killed after losing control of his patrol car on a winding, two-lane road along the coast.

The California Highway Patrol said Thursday that the Marin County sheriff’s deputy’s car skidded off the road and slammed into a tree shortly after midnight Thursday near Point Reyes Station. The town is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

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CHP officer Andrew Barclay said it appeared the deputy was responding to a 911 call.

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The CHP did not immediately release the deputy’s name.

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