AR Firefighter Killed, Two Other Responders Injured After Being Struck at Crash

One firefighter was killed and two other emergency response personnel were injured at the scene of a crash Monday in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Now police say the driver may have intentionally sped up and struck the trio, according to a KTHV report (

Jacksonville police and Jacksonville Fire Department firefighters reportedly responded to a single-vehicle accident Monday night at around 10:30 p.m. The vehicle had left the roadway and struck a gas main. A police officer and two firefighters were working at the scene when a van left the roadway and struck them.

One firefighter, Captain, Donald Jones, a 31-year member, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other firefighter, Jason Bowmaster, was med-flighted to a Little Rock hospital while the police officer was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Both are critical.

An investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle made no attempt to brake and even accelerated prior to striking the responders. The driver now faces murder charges.

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