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Firefighter killed, two injured in head-on crash on State Road 26 in Clinton County

Posted at 2:59 PM, Dec 31, 2020

CLINTON COUNTY — A Lafayette firefighter was killed on his way home from work and two people were injured in a head-on crash early Thursday morning in Clinton County, according to the sheriff's office.

Troy Trent, 41, of Bringhurst was killed after another driver attempting to pass another vehicle collided with his truck around 6:15 a.m. on State Road 26 near County Road 1000 West, according to a press release from the Clinton County Sheriff's Office.

The driver of the other car, a 23-year-old of Lafayette, and their passenger, a 25-year-old of Lafayette, were injured and taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital. The driver was later taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Their exact conditions have not been released.

Investigators believe alcohol is a contributing factor in the crash, but have not said who may have been impaired.

Trent was returning home from his shift as a Lafayette Fire Department firefighter when he was killed, according to a Facebook post from the Lafayette Professional Firefighters Local 472.

"Brother Trent, we thank you and your family for your 18 years of dedication, friendship and selfless service," the post read. "Rest In Peace."

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski released the following statement:

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that Lafayette Firefighter Troy Trent died this morning in an automobile accident. Firefighter Trent was assigned to Fire station #3 on the A Shift. He completed his shift this morning at 6:00 am and was heading home when the accident occurred on State Rd. 26 East near County Line Road. Firefighter Trent had served with Lafayette Fire Department for 18 years. He leaves behind a wife and 2 teenage children. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

The incident remains under investigation.