Police: Ind. volunteer firefighter killed at crash scene

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Indiana State Police say an intoxicated firefighter is facing charges after he struck and killed a volunteer firefighter Friday on the scene of a Montgomery, Indiana crash.

Police were called to an injury accident at Old Highway 50 just west of County Road 800 East in Daviess County just before 10:00 p.m. Three firefighters from Montgomery and Cannelburg Fire Departments along with deputies from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Police say the three firefighters responded to the accident in their personal vehicles.

Police say a fourth firefighter responded to the scene later identified as 26-year-old Colby Blake. According to a report, Blake was traveling east in his Dodge Ram truck when he struck the rear of another truck parked by a firefighter along the south side of the road.

Blake’s truck continued east, striking another vehicle parked by 27-year-old Kendall Murphy of Montgomery. Murphy, also a firefighter, was standing outside of his vehicle and was struck by Blake as he continued east.

Police say Blake also struck a third vehicle before it came to a stop.

Murphy suffered numerous injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Blake was uninjured in the crash but was later found to be operating his vehicle under the influence with a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent.

He’s charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving.

Blake is being held at the Daviess County Security Center and officials say formal charges will be filed by the Daviess County Prosecutor’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation.

Daviess County is 103 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky.

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