KINGSBURG, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that the officers are 34-year-old Brian Law, of Clovis, and 33-year-old Juan Gonzalez, of Fresno. They both have been with the CHP since 2008.
Brown urged all Californians to honor the officers for their courage, commitment and service.
The officers were killed while responding to a pre-dawn crash that had been reported on state Route 99 in Kingsburg, less than 25 miles south of Fresno.
One of the people involved in the crash was on the road, and the officers tried to swerve out of the way when they lost control of their vehicle. It slammed into a guardrail and overturned.
An investigation is ongoing. Funeral arrangements are pending.
UPDATE 9:46 a.m. (AP)
CHP Capt. Dave Paris says the officers were killed while responding to a call of a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 99 in the Central Valley town of Kingsburg around 6 a.m. Monday.
Paris says the officers' car lost control and slammed into a guardrail. Two male officers died after their vehicle overturned.
The names of the officers have not been released.
Paris says the highway is expected to be closed for most of the day as accident reconstruction teams investigate what happened.
A Sig Alert has been issued for SR-99 just north of SR-201. South SR-99 is closed and traffic is divereted at Bethel.
Report: 2 CHP officers killed in Hwy 99 crash http://t.co/AIlJhgxzqE— News10 - California (@News10_CA) February 17, 2014
(Kingsburg) #SIGALERT- SR99 JNO SR201- fatal traffic collision. Southbound SR99 is closed and traffic diverted off at Bethel.— CHP Central Division (@CHPCentralDiv) February 17, 2014
2 CHP officers have died after an accident along Highway 99 near Fresno Read more ---> http://t.co/IGf3N4s7jh— FOX40 News (@FOX40) February 17, 2014
The CHP officers were killed when their vehicle hit a pole. SB99 at Bethel will be closed until around 2p. http://t.co/TkHJ5HFy83— CBS Sacramento (@CBSSacramento) February 17, 2014
Reaction to news that CHP officers died from a crash:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our two fallen CHP heroes. End of Watch 02/17/14. pic.twitter.com/JYOQ5H8ZgU— CHP Headquarters (@CHP_HQ) February 17, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the two CHP officers killed in this mornings traffic accident.— Fresno Co Sheriff (@FresnoSheriff) February 17, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters with the @CHPCentralDiv Office in their time of loss.— Sacramento Sheriff (@sacsheriff) February 17, 2014
I am deeply saddened to hear of two Officers dieing this morning on HWY99 near Fresno. As a truck driver, #CHP are like co-workers in a way.— Mike Tayon (@SoapinTrucker) February 17, 2014
R.I.P to the fallen CHP officers involved in a fatal traffic collision this morning pic.twitter.com/iuUTXG9Q1V— Saige Lopez™ (@Its_Saige) February 17, 2014