Community honors state trooper killed in horrific crash

A State Police trooper died after a serious crash on the Mass Pike in Charlton Wednesday. 
Trooper Thomas Clardy had pulled over a Tahoe for a motor vehicle stop on the Mass Pike around noon. Clardy had gotten back into his cruiser to process the information when a Nissan Maxima on the Pike swerved, crossed all three lanes of traffic, and hit his cruiser, said State Police. Clardy's cruiser then hit the Tahoe parked in front of him.
First responders found Clardy inside his vehicle with traumatic injuries. He was taken to the hospital via MedFlight. The 44-year-old husband and father of six later died. 

CHARLTON, Mass. — "Today, we pray for him. We pray for them," said Mass State Police Colonel Richard McKeon.

Trooper lowered flags this morning outside the barracks where fallen trooper Thomas Clardy was assigned.

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The driver of the Nissan, David Njuguna, also suffered serious injuries. He's being criminally summonsed with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stay within marked lanes. It's possible further charges will be sought.

State Police were on scene for most of the day investigating the crash.

Clardy was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and joined force in April 2005.

"He was extremely well liked by the people he worked with. He had a reputation of a hard worker, a good trooper and a great man," said McKeon.

“Lauren and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Trooper Thomas Clardy who tragically lost his life in the line of duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones, fellow troopers and the entire law enforcement community during this very difficult time," said Gov.Charlie Baker

Trooper Clardy had taken on a extra shift Wednesday when he was on the Mass Pike. He wasn't supposed to start his shift until 3 p.m.