• December 03, 2021

Melvin Wilkerson Killed in Truck Accident in Saline County, AR

Saline County, AR -- December 2, 2021, Melvin Wilkerson was killed following an accident where a truck crashed into Wilkerson's vehicle on the highway.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:00 p.m. along US Highway 167 South. In their reports, troopers said that 85-year-old Melvin Wilkerson was in a 2007 Ford on a private drive. Wilkerson's vehicle entered highway lanes, and a southbound Kenworth truck crashed into Wilkerson's vehicle. Wilkerson succumbed to fatal injuries due to the crash. No further information about the accident is available at this time.

Commentary on Melvin Wilkerson Truck Accident in Saline County

While folks may look at this as straight-forward, there's simply no telling what extenuating circumstances may be involved here. I have no particular reason to believe these reports are inaccurate in any way, but I have 30 years of experience across hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks where authorities often missed something important. Those details can change very little, or they can change a whole lot.

Melvin Wilkerson Truck Accident Saline County, AR

For example, there was a crash here in Texas a while back where a man reportedly ran a stop sign, causing a fatal truck wreck. Weeks after the crash, however, a friend of the firm shared information that never made it to the public. Apparently, a construction crew removed the stop signs at that intersection, and they forgot to put them back when they left for the day. So how exactly did someone run a stop sign that wasn't even there?

That was a bit of an unusual case, certainly, but that's why it's important to never jump to conclusions based on preliminary reports. Maybe the authorities here had all the time and equipment they needed. Maybe their department is underfunded, and they had to move on to other priorities before doing a thorough investigations. The fact of the matter is a man lost his life here, and his loved ones deserve to know they're getting the full story. Are those steps being taken here?

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