ORANGE, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A police K-9 in Connecticut was struck and killed by a truck while assisting his handler during a disabled vehicle stop.

The dog named Major was killed instantly when he was hit by a commercial truck early Saturday on Route 34 near Sodom Lane, according to the Orange Police Department.

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His handler, Officer Chris Brown, wasn’t hurt.

Major graduated from the Connecticut State Police 166th Patrol Dog Class just last month. He was almost 2 years old.

The Orange police chief said Brown and Major made a great team and that the department is saddened by the accident.

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“K-9 Major was an integral part of the Patrol Division and the Orange Police family,” Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said in a statement.

The accident remained under investigation Saturday, but no charges were expected to be filed against the truck driver, who stopped immediately.

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