Siloam Springs Firefighter Killed In 18-Wheeler Wreck

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A Siloam Springs firefighter was killed in a collision with an 18-wheel tractor-trailer on Sunday (April 6).

Tanner Rundle, a rookie firefighter in Siloam Springs, died after his 2012 Mazda 6 struck the trailer portion of a 2013 Kenworth T660 about 1:55 p.m., according to a news release from the Arkansas State Police.

The 18-wheeler had been traveling east on U.S. 412 before turning left onto Fairmount Road in front of Rundle’s car, which had been traveling west on U.S. 412, the release states.

Rundle’s car hit the trailer portion of the 18-wheeler, traveling underneath the trailer and coming to rest after striking some trees along the highway, troopers said. Rundle was alone in the car.

Rundle was hired as a firefighter on Feb. 18 after moving to Siloam Springs from Austin, Texas.

“Tanner had already established a reputation of being a very conscientious and hardworking employee who was well respected by his colleagues,” said Greg Neely, Siloam Springs fire chief.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Ray C. Townley, was uninjured. It was unclear Sunday whether he would be cited, pending an investigation.

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  • Jonella

    Those 18 wheelers are just so slow. They think that they can make it, but sometimes it just a takes a lot more time than what the driver calculated.

    I’ve had them turn in front of me, but luckily I anticipated what they were fixing to do and slowed way down just in time.

    This is a devastating loss for everyone involved and Siloam Springs has lost a wonderful young man.

    Prayers with all involved.

  • pilot man

    Not being disrespectful as u imply. Seems like u have forgotten about the driver of the truck and the effect this has on him and his family.

  • Darren

    Pilot man I know u mean no disrespect and I agree we should pray for the driver cause he has to deal w the fact he took a young man’s life rather its his fault or not but please don’t forget he had family and friends that loved him. He was 1 of my best friends since we played pee wee football. That driver went home. My friend didn’t. Prayers should go out to both sides

  • Sarah 1

    Sad loss of life. I hope he wasn’t texting. Sympathy to his family.

    I would like to point out this is a comment section and anyone can comment anything they choose, not just what you want to read.

  • pilot man

    I am not so sure I would say the truck driver took this mans life until the investigation is complete. Very possible the young man took his own life. Prayers for all.

  • Darren

    Rather it was by my friend hand or not it still happened and I’m pretty sure the driver ain’t a stone cold killer so it’ll bother him either way

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