Barbara Jordan Killed in Truck Accident on US-82 in Ashley County, AR
Ashley County, AR — July 9, 2022, 60-year-old Barbara Jordan died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 82 in Ashley County.
According to reports the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. on US-82 at County Road 301. Preliminary investigation suggests Jordan was driving a Nissan vehicle west on the highway, followed at some distance by a Kenworth tractor-trailer.
Reports say the Kenworth was overtaking the Nissan in a legal passing zone when Jordan crossed left of center for unknown reasons. The Nissan's left-front connected with the semi-trailer's rear-right tires and spun out.
Jordan suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Barbara Jordan Accident in Ashley County
Reports paint a picture of the victim mistakenly veering left of center before the nearby truck was fully clear. Maybe that's really all that happened here, but at the same time I've seen more than enough preliminary reports get things wrong to view that with some skepticism. What if something besides simple driver error sent the victim's vehicle left of center? What if it skidded on water or gravel in the road? Could it have had some kind of malfunction or defect that affected its steering? Did the driver have a medical emergency that took her control away?
Some may not see how this could get complicated, but consider the GM "ignition switch" fiasco a few years ago. Hundreds of crashes were mistakenly believed to be due to operator error until dedicated investigators found out that many cars in the General Motors/Chevrolet lineup, most notably (but not limited to) the Chevy Cobalt, had a fault ignition switch that would sometimes shut power off in the vehicle while it was in motion. A simple jiggled or heavy key ring could suddenly take power steering, brakes, and airbag sensors offline, leaving people going 60mph or more without crucial features.
The defect ultimately took over a hundred lives and injured hundreds of other people. Until the defect was discovered, however, many people took the blame for crashes that weren't their fault in the least.
I'm not saying a dicey car part is certain to be the culprit in Ashley County, but vehicle failures are one of many additional factors that deserve careful consideration. Rather than blaming someone after reading just a few sentences, it's best to seek more answers with careful and thorough attention to detail. Will law enforcement take the time and care to find the whole truth, or would the victim's loved ones get more answers from an independent investigation?