Open Modal

Pineville VFD member killed in head-on collision; family members were first responders

Sad news out of Pineville as a member of the community’s volunteer fire department has been killed in a head-on collision.

Reports indicate Joseph Stephen, 25, of Mountain Home was driving his Honda Accord northward on Arkansas State Hwy. 177 near Jordan in Baxter County when his vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a southbound Chevrolet Tahoe. The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 22).

Pineville Volunteer Fire Department First Responders, some members of which are Stephen’s immediate family, were called to the scene. In fact, the chief of the Pineville Fire Department, Mike Stephen, is the father of the victim. (Mike Stephen is also a former member of the Stone County Sheriff’s Department.)

White River Now’s Gary Bridgman also reports Joseph Stephen’s wife is due to give birth to the couple’s child later this month.

To read the Arkansas State Police report on the accident, click here.

Get up-to-date local and regional news along with the latest weather every weekday morning by listening to Gary B. and Ozark Newsline on Arkansas 103.3, 93 KZLE, and other W.R.D. Entertainment radio stations. If you have a news tip or event to promote, email White River Now at

Recommended Posts