A 25-year-old ranger/firefighter with the Arkansas Forestry Commission was killed in a tractor-trailer accident on Monday (Aug. 2) while he was en route to check on a fire from earlier in the morning.
According to a news release from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Chris Adams was driving a 2002 International tractor-trailer when it rolled over. The cause of the accident was undetermined as of Monday evening, when the news release was issued.
The accident occurred on Highway 360, approximately one-half mile east of Highway 29 in Lafayette County.
“It’s a tragedy for the forestry family,” said William Sprinkle, District 4 Forester. “It hurts when we lose one of our guys we’re so close to.”
Adams was hired in February 2008, and had received a promotion in March 2009.
“What a tragedy. Chris was a great young guy and a good Ranger,” State Forester John T. Shannon said. “God be with Chris and his family and friends.”