Accident kills Jonesboro Sun circulation director

by Stan Morris email | twitter

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Sun's circulation director is killed Wednesday afternoon after a truck falls on him, according to police.

JPD says 45-year-old Richard Bales was working on his Sun delivery truck when it fell off of two jack stands and onto Bales. He was found pinned under the truck about 3:10 p.m. by assistant circulation manager Lorri Householder and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Householder had gone looking for Bales when he failed to return to work.

The accident, as JPD says it is being ruled, happened at Bales' home on West Monroe in Jonesboro, though the vehicle was in the Huntington Building parking lot, which is adjacent to his residence.

Neighbors tell Region 8 News that it was not unusual for Bales to be working on one of his vehicles, personal or work, at home.

"I regularly seen him working on his car. I seen him the other day working on the Jonesboro Sun's truck and he seemed like he had everything pretty taken care of," commented Alfred Walker, a neighbor of Bales.

Another who worked in the Huntington Building said he had spoke with Bales Tuesday while he worked on a vehicle.

Walker adds, "He was a pretty nice fellow. I'm just sorry that this had to happen."

Bales had worked at The Sun since December 2007 after working as the state circulation sales and marketing manager for several Gannett Corp. newspapers in Louisiana.

He's survived by four children.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article)