• October 05, 2022

Clarence and Wanda Wells Killed in Truck Accident on US-65 in Jefferson County, AR

Jefferson County, AR — October 4, 2022, Clarence and Wanda Wells died in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 65 in rural Jefferson County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:50 a.m. on the 4800 block of US-65 near a Love's truck stop. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt semi-truck was headed south on the highway in the outside lane when a Toyota RAV4 turned out of the truck stop parking lot into its path. The Peterbilt couldn't stop in time and hit the Toyota, then veered into the northbound lanes and crashed head-on with the Wells' Dodge Ram pickup.

Clarence Wells, 81, was pronounced dead at the scene. Wanda Wells, 79, was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead later that day. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Clarence and Wanda Wells Killed in Truck Accident on US-65 in Jefferson County, AR

Commentary on Clarence and Wanda Wells Accident in Jefferson County

Some may see the Toyota reportedly turned into the truck's path and blame that driver for triggering the wreck. I don't have any specific reason to doubt what police say happened, but I've done this for long enough to take most preliminary reports with a grain or two of salt. A basic narrative put together after a once-over at the scene may not tell the whole story.

That's not to say things must be particularly complicated, only that it's important to consider all the potential factors. Two people lost their lives in Jefferson County, and I think most would agree that's more than enough reason to find out exactly how and why that happened. If there's doubt or confusion about what precisely happened out there and police don't plan on taking another look, maybe independent investigators should step in and try to connect the remaining dots. The victims' loved ones deserve no less.

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