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Colby Blake, 26, is accused of crashing into three firefighters’ automobiles and fatally putting one of many firefighters in Daviess County, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.(Photo: Provided by Indiana State Police)

A southwest Indiana firefighter is accused of driving drunk when he crashed his truck into three different firefighters’ automobiles, killing one of many firefighters who had been standing. 

Three firefighters — from the Montgomery and Cannelburg hearth departments — responded to a car crash simply earlier than 10 p.m. Friday alongside a rural highway in Daviess County, about 115 miles southwest of Indianapolis, in response to an Indiana State Police information launch. 

Then a fourth firefighter, recognized by police as 26-year-old Colby Blake, of Cannelburg, arrived in his truck and struck the rear of one other truck. 

Police say Blake’s truck then continued transferring, hitting a automobile and one of many firefighters, recognized by police as Kendall Murphy, of Montgomery.

Murphy, a volunteer firefighter, had been standing subsequent to the automobile.

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Blake then crashed into a 3rd firefighter’s car earlier than stopping, police say. 

Murphy, 27, was pronounced useless on the scene by the Daviess County Coroner, in response to the information launch. 

On social media, saddened buddies remembered Murphy as a person of robust religion who helped native youth whereas teaching basketball.

The communities of Montgomery and Cannelburg are small, mentioned ISP Sgt. Philip Hensley, the place all people is aware of one another. 

“This is going to have a tremendous impact on these folks,” Hensley advised IndyStar. “Our hearts certainly go out to the families involved.” 

Blake was not injured, police say. He had been driving with a blood alcohol degree of zero.21 p.c. The authorized restrict is zero.08. 

Investigators interviewed Blake, however Hensley declined to launch the main points of that dialog as a result of it is an open investigation.

Blake faces preliminary expenses of reckless driving and working whereas intoxicated inflicting dying, in response to the information launch. He’s being held in a Daviess County jail. 

The firefighters responded to the primary crash alongside Daviess County Sheriff’s Department deputies as a result of the driving force was reportedly trapped in a car.

That driver additionally was arrested on a preliminary cost of drunken driving, Hensley mentioned. 

Call IndyStar reporter Ryan Martin at (317) 444-6294. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter: @ryanmartin.

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