LANCASTER - A man who crashed the van he was driving into a tree in Lancaster is alive today thanks to the actions of a deputy and sergeant from the sheriff's Lancaster Station who rushed to his aid.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. Monday in the 2300 block of West Lancaster Boulevard, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department statement.

Deputy Jason Elizondo and Sgt. Kevin Turrill arrived at the scene and determined the driver was not breathing. They administered CPR for several minutes until the victim began taking shallow breaths and they were able to locate a pulse, according to the statement.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics arrived and took the victim to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Lancaster Boulevard between 25th Street West and Valley Central Way was closed along with a nearby gas station after firefighters found several spilled bottles of liquid inside the van, but the substance turned out to be a household cleaning fluid, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The crash remains under investigation.