Police K-9 killed after being hit by truck

Orange Police K9 officer Major. (Photo: Orange Police Dept.)

ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — A police K-9 in Connecticut has died after being hit by a truck while assisting his handler during a disabled vehicle stop.

The Orange Police Department says the dog, Major, was killed instantly when he was hit by a commercial truck early Saturday on Route 34 near Sodom Lane. His handler, Officer Chris Brown, wasn’t hurt.

Major graduated the state police patrol dog class in June. He was almost 2 years old. The Orange police chief says Brown and Major made a great team and that the department is saddened by the accident.

It remains under investigation, but no charges are expected to be filed against the truck driver, who stopped immediately.

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