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'Drunk' volunteer firefighter responding to a call crashed his truck into three vehicles and hit and killed a colleague

  • Colby Blake, 26, hit the rear of another truck with his vehicle when he arrived at a Indiana crash scene and kept going to strike another
  • Kendall Murphy, the firefighter, had been standing next to a car when he was hit by Blake
  • Blake would eventually stop but only after he hit a third firefighter’s vehicle, according to police
  • The 27-year-old firefighter who was hit died on the scene
  • Blake faces preliminary charges of reckless driving and operating while intoxicated causing death

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An Indiana volunteer firefighter was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed his truck into three other vehicles, killing one firefighter.

Three firefighters from the Montgomery and Cannelburg, Indiana, fire departments were responding to a call close to 10pm when another arrived on the scene.

Colby Blake, 26, hit the rear of another truck with his truck when he arrived and kept going to strike another and eventually the firefighter.

Colby Blake, 26, (pictured) hit the rear of another truck with his vehicle when he arrived to a Indiana crash scene and kept going to strike another and eventually hitting Kendall Murphy who died Kendall Murphy

Colby Blake, 26, (left) hit the rear of another truck with his truck when he arrived at a Indiana crash scene and kept going to strike another and eventually hit Kendall Murphy (right) who died

Kendall Murphy had been standing next to a car when he was hit.

Blake would eventually stop but only after he hit a third firefighter’s vehicle, according to police.

Murphy, 27, died on the scene.

News of Murphy’s death hit the two towns – which have a close relationship with each other – hard.

‘This is going to have a tremendous impact on these folks,’ said ISP Sgt. Philip Hensley to the IndyStar[2].

Kendall Murphy had been standing next to a car when he was hit. Blake would eventually stop but only after he hit a third firefighter's vehicle, according to police

Kendall Murphy had been standing next to a car when he was hit.

Blake would eventually stop but only after he hit a third firefighter’s vehicle, according to police

‘Our hearts certainly go out to the families involved.’

Blake, from Cannelburg, was not injured but did have a blood alcohol level of .21 per cent which is more than double the legal limit of .08,

The man faces preliminary charges of reckless driving and operating while intoxicated causing death, according to the news release.

Blake is currently being held at the Daviess County jail.

The firefighters had responded to the crash site along with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department because there was a driver who was stuck inside his vehicle.

He too was arrested on a preliminary charge of drunk driving, according to Hensley.

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ IndyStar (www.indystar.com)



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