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Accident claims life of Arkadelphia insurance agent

By The Arkadelphian

GUM SPRINGS — A freak accident Monday afternoon claimed the life of an Arkadelphia businessman.

Max Brown, whose namesake insurance agency is in downtown Arkadelphia, was killed on Highway 67 when parts of an oncoming vehicle struck him, according to accident reports.

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A preliminary fatal crash summary filed by Arkansas State Police notes that Brown, 64, was southbound in a Ford F-150 when, north of the intersection of highways 67 and 26 (near the old Patterson Credit Union office), the driveshaft of a northbound tractor-trailer broke loose, sending the object into Brown’s windshield.

A piece of that Western Star’s driveshaft reportedly “broke loose from the vehicle and went airborne after bouncing off the asphalt,” the report states. “While the object was airborne [Brown’s pickup] struck the object. The object penetrated the windshield and struck [Brown].”

The time of the accident was 3:34 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.

Brown’s body is being held at Welch Funeral Home in Arkadelphia.

Weather and road conditions were listed as clear and dry, respectively, according to State Trooper Kendrick Davis who investigated the accident.

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