Update: Tour Bus Hits, Kills Sailor Home on Leave in Colbert County
COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Orange spray paint marks the point of contact where Tuscumbia police say 22 year old Byron Seth Clark was killed.
We’re learning more about the young man killed in the pre-dawn hours of Monday.
Byron Seth Clark died after being hit by a tour bus on Highway 72.
Tuscumbia police say the accident happened just before 3-am.
Investigators say Clark was walking along the highway when he apparently stepped out in front of the eastbound bus.
Clark is a sailor who has been home visiting family for the Fourth of July holidays.
Investigators have spent the day trying to figure out why Clark was more than six miles from home and walking along highway 72.
“We’re interviewing witnesses to find out what he was doing out at 3 o’clock in the morning,” said Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan. “As far as we can tell, there was no fault that we can see of any of the parties involved, and that’s all we’re trying to determine.”
Seth Clark served as an active duty US Navy Sailor.
Based in Connecticut, Clark worked as an Auxiliary Machinist Mate on a Navy submarine.
According to Chief Logan, “He was home from leave. And from what we are able to determine, he has been home since Monday during his leave time. And of course, his family is from here. He’s from the Colbert Heights community.”
Clark graduated from Colbert Heights High School in 2008 and enlisted just a couple of years later.
Friends say he was a volunteer fire fighter with the Colbert Heights Fire Department.
Seth Clark has also spent time as a dispatcher for the Littleville Police Department.
“Of course it’s a tragedy anytime a young person dies, but especially when they are part of our military.”
Chief Logan says the bus was on its way to Russellville and Red Bay to pick up passengers for a trip to Memphis.
Three people were on the bus, the driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.