22 year old Seth Clark knew what it was to serve, as a volunteer fire fighter in his Colbert Heights community and as a U.S. Navy sailor serving his country.
Just before 3 a.m. Monday morning, an Anchor Trailways tour bus heading to pick up passengers in Russellville struck and killed Clark on Highway 72 in Tuscumbia.
"Of course, it's a tragedy any time a young person such as this dies, but especially when they are a part of our military," said Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan.
Logan said that Clark had been walking along Highway 72 when he was hit by the bus heading East near the Tennessee Valley Animal Clinic.
"We've been conducting an investigation since that time," said Logan. "Of course, it was dark when all this took place, so we've been back out this morning, along with accident reconstruction from the Alabama Department of Transportation to try to determine what exactly happened."
Logan said that at this point, it's unclear of what direction Clark came from and what he was doing out so late at night.
"We're interviewing witnesses to find out what he was doing out at 3 o'clock in the morning," said Logan. "As far as we can tell, there was no fault on any of the parties involved. That's just what we're trying to determine. It's a tragic accident at this point from what we're able to determine."
Logan said that there were a few passengers on the bus, but they were uninjured.
The bus driver was taken to Helen Keller Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
"The biggest thing right now is we're going to do everything we can to investigate this," said Logan. "We've been in contact with the naval authorities who do their own investigation for the active duty soldiers, and we'll be coordinating that along with the Department of Public Safety."