Another Setback For Owner Operators Violently Detained At Mississippi Shipper
Chapman, Kansas – Clinton and Shannon Kirker, the husband and wife owner operator team who were violently detained by security guards last year at a Mississippi food distribution center, were involved in another unfortunate incident on Wednesday.
The Kirkers were traveling eastbound along I-70 near mile marker 288 at approximately 8 a.m. when a white Ford box van traveling westbound lost control and spun out directly in the path of the Kirker’s 2016 Freightliner. Shannon Kirker was behind the wheel at the time.
Shannon was unable to avoid colliding with the vehicle. The driver of the Ford was identified as Maurice Harper.
The Kirkers, along with Harper, were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.
In an exclusive interview with Transportation Nation Network (TNN), Clinton said the couple is “Ok, but sore.” The Kirkers have since been released. However, the latest information we have is Mr. Harper remains in critical condition.
Pictures from the scene posted to Clinton’s Facebook page show the extent of the damage to the Kirker’s semi. Clinton described it as “a total loss.”
He told TNN he expects to have a new truck within a few weeks, but it is yet another setback for the Kirkers. The couple is still fighting a guilty verdict against Clinton on a disorderly conduct-interfering with business charge stemming from a September 2018 incident at Metro Foods Distribution in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
TNN has reported extensively about the incident and the legal battle that has ensued since. The Kirkers are appealing the verdict and expect the new hearing in front of a jury later this year.
As for the crash yesterday, Mr. Harper was cited in the incident. TNN will continue to follow the ongoing developments.
See all of TNN’s coverage on the Kirkers HERE.
(images courtesy of Clinton Kirker)