A four-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon involving a log truck left a Sparkman man dead and another Sparkman resident injured.
By Joe Phelps
GRIFFITHTOWN — A four-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon involving a log truck left a Sparkman man dead and another Sparkman resident injured.
James C. Hunter, 63, of 1159 Highway 7 North, Sparkman, was killed when a Peterbilt log truck overturned south of the L’Eau Frais Creek bridge on Highway 7 near Griffithtown, causing the logs to spill over onto Hunter’s vehicle, according to an Arkansas State Police fatal crash summary.
Arkadelphia Superintendent Donnie Whitten confirmed Thursday morning that Hunter was a paraprofessional at Louisa E. Perritt Primary School. Parents of Perritt students often saw Hunter during the afternoon after school let out, as he helped other staff members with student pick-up.
The Arkadelphia Fire Department, East Clark County Fire Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the accident scene at 4 p.m.
Norma Jones, 55, also of Sparkman, was taken by ambulance to Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia with unknown injuries.
Jones was driving in a separate vehicle.
The report says Hunter and Jones were southbound on Highway 7 in the curve, where the northbound log truck, driven by Sparkman resident Michael Mann, met their vehicles. Mann’s logs reportedly shifted, overturning the load that fell on top of Hunter’s vehicle.
In an apparent attempt to avoid the log truck, Jones swerved, overturning her vehicle. The log truck struck a fourth vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup driven by Stewart Kelly, of Arkadelphia. Mann and Kelly, along with Kelly’s passenger, Amberly Green, were uninjured in the accident, the report says.
Arkadelphia Public Schools expressed its deepest sympathies to Hunter’s family and friends.
“Mr. Hunter was an employee of APSD since 2004 and most recently was a Title I paraprofessional at Louisa E. Perritt Primary School, a position he held since 2007,” Whitten said in a press release. “Most families knew Mr. Hunter from the afternoon car-rider duty. He will be missed by all who knew him and worked alongside him in our school-community.
“Mr. Hunter was a warm and caring person who took pride in his work with our children. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”