Indy Firefighter Killed Driving Home After Shift

BROWNSBURG, Ind. --

An Indianapolis firefighter who was returning home after working his shift was killed in a three-vehicle crash in front of his Hendricks County home Thursday morning.

The crash happened before 8 a.m. in the 8800 block of State Road 267 north of Brownsburg.

Duane Clark, 35, an Indianapolis firefighter for nine years based at Station No. 6 in Washington Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened as Clark was pulling into his driveway. His wife and twin children, age 3, were home at the time and heard everything, 6News' Tanya Spencer reported. Their sixth anniversary would have been this weekend.

Clark's car was crushed in the crash, which happened at high speed, police said.

When emergency responders arrived, they knew the victim was a firefighter and were visibly upset at the scene.

Firefighters stood eerily silent and saluted as they pulled Clark's body from the car. An impromptu and emotional color guard ceremony ensued as Clark was transported to the hospital.

No one else was injured in the crash that scattered debris for a half mile and closed the road for several hours.

Investigators said that the crash happened as Clark was stopped in the northbound lane to turn left into his driveway. A driver behind him didn't stop in time and clipped the back of Clark's car, police said, sending it into oncoming traffic.

A southbound truck, hauling a backhoe on a trailer, struck Clark's car and lay on top of it when the vehicles stopped skidding.

No one was cited in the crash.

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