• February 14, 2023

Joseph Barber Killed in Truck Accident in Randolph County, AR

Randolph County, AR -- February 13, 2023, Joseph Barber was killed following an accident where a Mack truck crashed with Barber's ATV.

Initial details said that the crash happened at around 10:00 a.m. off the corner of Middlebrook Road and Highway 166.

From state police records, it appears that 55-year-old Joseph Barber was on a Polaris ATV at the time going eastbound along Middlebrook Road. As Barber rounded a curve, the ATV and an oncoming Mack truck collided.

Joseph Barber Killed in Truck Accident in Randolph County, AR

Barber sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. No one else was said to be hurt. At this time, further information has yet to be confirmed.

I certainly can't shed light on more than what police already gave to the public, but I can't help always feeling some hesitation reading about a commercial vehicle accident. That's especially true with one involving an atypical vehicle like an ATV. Frankly, I've seen just about every situation under the sun lead to a truck wreck, yet in almost every one of those cases, people tended to blame the victim.

Whether or not they were ultimately right doesn't really matter. The fact is they didn't have any more evidence than anyone else, and their hasty conclusions only further harmed the victims' loved ones. That's especially true when it did happen to turn out that the victim did nothing wrong. My hope is authorities are working to get more information to the victim's family than what they've said in their public reports, because what I'm seeing here is far from telling the whole story.


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