Walnut Ridge Lawmaker Involved in Traffic Accident

WALNUT RIDGE, AR - District 73 State Representative J.R. Rogers of Walnut Ridge was involved in a two-vehicle traffic accident Saturday in which one other person was reportedly seriously injured.

The accident occured Saturday afternoon at 1:11 p.m. on U.S. 412, west of Walnut Ridge.  According to an Arkansas State Police "media information" report, Rogers was driving a 1999 Ford truck, pulling a stock trailer while traveling east.  According to the report, the "stock trailer broke loose" from Rogers' truck, crossed the center line and struck a 1994 pick-up driven by Mack Sneed.  The ASP report confirms that Sneed was injured, but does not list the extent of his injuries.  However, sources tell Region 8 News that Sneed was airlifted to a Mid-South hospital.

The accident was investigated by state trooper Corporal Van Hutton, with assistance from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

When contacted by Region 8 News this morning, Rogers did confirm that the accident happened, but could not comment further on the matter due to an on-going investigation by his insurance company.

Rogers represents Lawrence, Greene and Independence counties in the Legislature, and is a former mayor of Walnut Ridge, where his wife, Michelle, now serves as the city's mayor.  He also owns and operates music stores in Jonesboro and Poplar Bluff, Missouri.