Firefighter dies after being struck by vehicle

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 8:33 PM CST
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A Northeast Arkansas fire chief succumbed to his injuries after being struck by a passing car.

Arkansas State Police say the incident happened at 6:18 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, on U.S. Highway 63 south of Sedgwick.

Wesley E. Adams, 61, of Walnut Ridge was directing traffic around a 3-vehicle crash when a southbound 2015 Toyota Corolla struck him.

The Toyota then collided with a 1984 Ford CL 9000 truck.

According to Sedgwick Assistant Fire Chief Heath Ring, Adams was airlifted to St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro where he died the following day.

The incident remains under investigation.

Editor’s Note: A previous version said the Toyota was driven by 78-year-old Wanda L. Thornton of Walnut Ridge. However, Wanda was only the passenger and was injured in the crash. The driver of the Toyota has not been identified.

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