Family of Nuclear One Accident Victim Waits for Answers

The life of 24-year-old Wade Walters cut short after an accident at Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville on Sunday (March 31).

Officials said three others were injured when a heavy piece of equipment fell on them.

“I think we are all still in shock; you keep in expecting for him to come home,” said Chelsy Walters, Walters’ Sister.

Walters’ family said the company he worked for has not released any specific details on what happened and how he died.

“Really all that we know now is hearsay,” said Chelsy.

While his friends and family mourn his death, they remember the 24 years they had with him. Walters’ best friend and roommate, Kyle Johnson, said he was always outside, adventurous and a risk taker.

“Whether it be going straight to the gym, go fishing, hunting, shooting his guns, anything that involved the outdoors he was always up for,” said Johnson.

“I always tell people if I thought he was going to die young it would’ve been on a motorcycle or skydiving or doing something crazy,” added Walters.

Walters was born and raised in Russellville, growing up around his family.

“That will be probably what I miss most is just seeing him with our family,” said Walters.

“One year everyone took a big family photo and someone said ‘Photoshop’ him in the picture, if he wasn’t there he was always still there in conversation,” said Walters’ Cousin, Logan Hughes.

His passion was going to the gym said Hughes.

“He worked out consistently that was a big part of his life.”

“We’ve actually been working on trying to get a yearly membership for a person that we choose once a year in his honor and they would have a free membership to the gym,” added Johnson.

Officials said the accident took place in a non-radiation area, with no risk to public health or safety.

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