A traffic accident turns tragic for a local family. A grandfather was killed Tuesday night when an 18-wheeler crashed into his truck. His wife and grandson were riding with him.
The grandfather’s name is John Stewart. He was 69-years-old. His wife and grandson are still recovering at the hospital. A neighbor was shocked to hear what happened and said he was a good man.
Lights from police cars fill the darkness along Buncombe Road Tuesday night where the traffic accident turned fatal.
Police said Stewart was driving his pick-up truck with his wife Tommie and 14-year-old grandson inside. He ran the stop sign on Simpson Road on was hit by an oncoming 18-wheeler.
“The 18-wheeler actually went down an embankment and ended up striking some trees. They were two people in that 18 wheeler, the driver and one passenger. They were able to get out without any injuries,” said Cindy Chadwick, Caddo Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
Stewart died at the scene and his wife and grandson were taken to the hospital.
“We believe from our investigation that none of people in the pick up were wearing a seat belt. The female in the pick up was actually ejected from the truck and was transported to the hospital from her injuries,” Chadwick said.
Stewart owned property on Simpson Road where he kept horses and came by to feed them. His neighbor said he would hosts family picnics in the back and lots of relatives would come out.
“As a family they seemed to really enjoy each other’s company,” said Dwight Brown, neighbor.
Brown said he’ll miss seeing Stewart outside, caring for his horses.
“I used to look forward to seeing him. I’ll have to look forward to seeing him at that big horse stable in the sky,” Brown said.
Police said his wife Tommie is listed in serious condition at the hospital, but it’s better than it was last night. His grandson made it out with just a broken leg.