Locals Seek Safety Improvements On U.S. 412

A local woman came forward Monday and said she witnessed the wreck that killed a Siloam Springs firefighter on Sunday.

Police said firefighter Tanner Rundle was killed when his car hit an 18-wheeler that was turning left in front of his car from U.S. 412 onto Fairmount Road.

Angela Sanders, a nurse in Springdale, was on her way to Siloam Springs when she saw Sunday’s wreck happen.

“The red car just flew past us out of nowhere,” she said. “He hit the truck and just went right under it without ever braking or stopping.”

After Rundle’s car traveled underneath the trailer of the semi truck, Sanders said it stopped after hitting some trees. She said that’s when she acted on instincts and went to help.

“When I got closer to the vehicle, I was able to see he was still inside the vehicle,” she said.  “I reached up to see if he was breathing or if he had a pulse. When I went to touch his neck, his last breath went out.”

After seeing the accident, Sanders said she wants to see changes along the highway.

“I think officers need to patrol the area more,” she said. “I also think a stop light should be put there so that people have to stop to let people who turn if they have to turn.”

Some locals said the intersection is known to be dangerous.

“I pray that the people who know about this happening, that they will maybe slow down and that it will be an eye-opener for them,” said Katherine Brown.

Sunday’s wreck is the latest of a few reported in the same general location.

Brown lives on Fairmount Road and said people in the area drive fast. The speed limit on Fairmount Road is 45 miles per hour, and it’s 65 miles per hour on Highway 412.

“They just come passing by me, and by the time I get up to 60 miles per hour, they are already in town,” she said.

Officials with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said there are no plans to add a traffic signal at the intersection.

Authorities have not determined the cause of Sunday’s wreck, and have not said if speed was a factor.

Meanwhile the city of Siloam Springs mourns the loss of one of their own. Rundle was hired as a firefighter in February, after moving to Siloam Springs from Austin, Tex.

“It kills me to know this happened to this young man,” Brown said. “Life is too short.”

Officials with the Siloam Springs Fire Department said they plan to hold a service this week for Rundle.

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28 comments

  • Leten Uno

    My family lost a good man at this intersection. He was a son, father and husband. There was a previous accident that he came upon. He was killed when hit by another driver coming upon the previous accident. Time to put in a stop light or something to warn and regulate traffic. The design and location here are deadly, repeatedly.

  • "breaking"

    “The red car just flew past us out of nowhere,” she said. “He hit the truck and just went right under it without ever breaking or stopping.”

    Wow, that’s a strong car if it didn’t brEAk at all! I bet if he had hit the brAkes it’d be fine.

    Also don’t put a stoplight on a 65mph highway, thanks.

    • angela

      what i meant by breaking is he did not hit the breaks so why dont you learn how to read a paragraph before you go and start commenting and make your self look very uneducated and yes i will push for more patrols and a stop light on 412

      • Apparently Uneducated

        The things that stop your car are called “brakes.” A. Not EA. Just A. B-R-A-K-E. A friction device designed to turn kinetic energy into heat energy to slow or stop machinery. Sorry for being “uneducated.”

      • Can I work as a 5News Editor? I can do better than this.

        Oh man and I just noticed “saftey.” Get it together, 5News.

  • Firefighter Wife and Nurse

    How unconsiderate of you as a news crew and a nurse. Now that family is going to know he didn’t pass instantly. all to get your name on a public website? please dont do that again. and also- don’t act innocent. you probably speed while driving too. it was an ACCIDENT. Prayers for the Rundle family and friends. Thank you Tanner for being willing to risk your life to save others. You are and will always be a hero.

    • angela

      it was not meant to be unconsiderate and you do not know me so you have no right to say anything about me or my motives i did not do it to have my name out there as you say it i did it hoping that it would bring attention to the speeders on 412 and NO I DO NOT SPEED I HAVE NOT HAD A SPEEDING TICKET IN 25 YEARS so why dont you not make comments about some thing that you know nothing about

  • FedUp

    He more than likely didn’t have time to react to the situation.. Condolences to the family and to the fire department team members.

  • Firefighter Wife and Nurse

    Angela, speeding or not- accidents happen regardless. Good for you in wanting to help people be safer. I was manily worried that family and friends of Tanner would see these details. It is our moral obligation to keep things like that private. I never see a firefighter talking to the news about those last minute details out of respect for the individual and family.

  • Ash

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    It clearly said she came forward….if she was just concerned about the speeding….she would have commented just on that. Not on how she saw & felt him take his last breath. THAT IS NOT OKAY
    If that was your son…would you want to read that?

    • Firefighter Wife and Nurse

      Agreed! Now I am livid! False statements? She needs her license revoked! Shame shame! And I didn’t even realize there was a video. She showed no emotion- there is no way I could have seen what she says she did and not cry my eyes out OR seek out a public interview. I actually thought she may have been in shock on scene and blurted out everything to a news crew but no- she personally went to the studio. Angela needs to apologize to this family! And 5 news you need to delete this story!!

      • Firefighter Wife and Nurse

        Someone must have reported Rose’s comment that I orignally replied to so I will just repost it since I had it saved. From Rose: Thank you for your comment regarding this woman’s interview. You are absolutely correct. I was there and she didn’t go near that young man. Shame on her for lying!
        Speeding or whatever the cause is a moot point. It was an accident and no bystander had the right to put out any comments that could otherwise cause the families distress that he might have lingered in pain or false hope that he wasn’t alone in his last moments. From the look of the wreck and him, he probably died instantly. His last breath was more than likely before he went under the semi. His family and that of the truckdriver need to recover. They can’t do this while people like her are making a circus of this.
        I haven’t commented because this should have never been on a public forum. But I had to thank you and hopefully, 5 news will issue an apology or retract her interview after our meeting tomorrow.
        God Bless the families of all involved.

      • Rose

        I asked that my comment be removed–I was resonding to ASH and didn’t realize it would post “publicly”. Thee is more going on than just this forum, and the family did not need to see my comment.

        Enough damage has been done by this very forum and the comments made here. Please please please, for the sake of the families involved, STOP COMMENTING. And Firefighter Wife, please call 5 news and ask that my portion of your comment be removed.

        This NOT healthy although everyone is upset by the incidents surrounding the collision. But those of you commenting, cannot be any more upset than those of us who were there.

        Thanks.

        **Firefighter wife–I will be setting up something on facebook this weekend-firefighters & police officer forum so we can honor the fallen. Search around on Saturday, then message me.

      • Firefighter Wife and Nurse

        Okay will do. I’m having mine removed too. your are absolutely right. sorry, i thought it would be better for them to know she wasn’t telling the truth.

      • CJ

        I am the aunt of the firefighter. I appreciated reading your comment via firefighter wife. I understand why you would want your comment removed, but the lies are hurting the family. I can’t believe a news station would report something like this. We are living a nightmare, and to have this story over and over is painful. Shame on that lady for going publicly and lying. I pray she never has to deal with something like this in her family. Channel 5 news should remove this story and issue an apology for airing something without checking the facts. Please, let this story go and let our family heal. Yet, I do want to thank you for stepping forward, even if for a moment because we do need to know she lied. We don’t need the whole world talking publicly about this, and we need to be able to deal with the loss and the circumstances involving it privately. Pray for us, and pray for the truck driver, and all of those who witnessed this tragic event. It isn’t something any of us will soon get over.

      • Firefighter Wife and Nurse

        CJ, I will continue to pray for your family, this has been heavy on my heart. he was a friend and I felt the need to say something for his family and friends. I am so deeply sorry you and the family had to read this and I am glad that you know it wasn’t the truth now. I know what you mean, I can’t stop looking at this story either. I was so upset after reading this story. For the record (and so you know Rose) I called 5 news and asked the comments be removed and they told me they would tell management but its been a few days now so I assume they are not going to. sorry for reposting your comment but as you can see it helped the family so thank you for coming foward! CJ you are in my thoughts and Prayers.

      • Rose

        CJ, I cannot express enough the heartache I feel for the families loss. I am so sorry for my involvement in this forum as I did not intend to hurt anyone with my comment. It is a difficult thing the families–both of the lost young man and that of the truckdriver–are going thru and they do not need comments from others not involved.

        I am so sad over what happened, both the accident and the interview. 5News had no way of knowing statements were false until they were contacted, and I agree (although they changed the headline), this blog needs to go away.

        God Bless you and yours and know Tanner is in a better place and did not suffer on his way there.

        Respectfully,
        Rose

  • cara

    The 18 wheeler didn’t pull in front of the car the car was going so fast he didn’t see it before he turned. Pulling in front of someone means you see it and try to make it anyway which is not what happened. But what ever the circumstances were it is still a horrible thing to have happened and I pray for the firefighters family who lost a loved one that day.

  • Unknown412

    I personally know this family. I can say that they were not happy to receive the news that he was not killed instantly. Thank you for trying to help, but you mainly just hurt this family even more.

  • pilot man

    Stop light on a hill is absolutely insane on a highway this busy. I bet there have been more accidents on 412 in town between Washington Street and Ok state line in the last 3 months than Fairmount 412 intersection in last 10 yrs.

  • Jonellaa

    They don’t need a light. This is a bad spot for a light due to how the road is laid out. The problem is that big loaded trucks would not be able to stop.

    Sometimes it is hard to get a regular car stopped when the light jumps to yellow then red.

    They’d have to drop the speed limit to 45 mph in order to have the light be half way safe.

    People see the light turn green and they pull out and don’t even look. I’ve seen several wrecks like this.

    From the sound of it the red car was speeding per multiple witnesses and yes the big 18 wheeler did pull out and would have easily made it, but the red car was “speeding like crazy” and never even attempted to slow down.

    Cars have black boxes and this is all recorded and can be downloaded as well as any cell phones in the red car can be used to show speed.

    The red car was likely looking off or texting, or just not really in his clear mind and didn’t really “see the truck” he never even let off the gas, so it was either a medical condition, distraction or inattention, or suicide. I’d say distracted driving.

    It really doesn’t matter who is at fault. A young man lost his life. Everyone must go on and time will help, but the family will never forget and the truck driver is devastated as well, I’m sure.

    • Thanks, Detective

      “Cars have black boxes.” False for a majority of vehicles. Cell phones also don’t work that way. The woman clearly thinks everyone “speeds” since she admits to doing 60 in a 65, probably in the left lane, too.

  • pilot man

    This may draw negative response from a few but we need to be thankful he was not driving an Ambulance or Fire truck with passengers on board

  • Firefighter Wife and Nurse

    CJ, I will continue to pray for your family, this has been heavy on my heart. he was a friend and I felt the need to say something for his family and friends. I am so deeply sorry you and the family had to read this and I am glad that you know it wasn’t the truth now. I know what you mean, I can’t stop looking at this story either. I was so upset after reading this story. For the record (and so you know Rose) I called 5 news and asked the comments be removed and they told me they would tell management but its been a few days now so I assume they are not going to. sorry for reposting your comment but as you can see it helped the family so thank you for coming foward! CJ you are in my thoughts and Prayers.

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