Two Passengers in Pickup Die in Collision With Trace Adkins’ Tour Bus

Two Arkansas men died Saturday morning (Feb. 13) when their pickup truck collided with one of Trace Adkins’ tour buses north of Shreveport, La. Adkins was not traveling on the bus, but five members of his band and crew sustained minor injuries. The bus was headed to Bossier City, La., for Adkins’ Saturday night concert with Martina McBride and Sarah Buxton at the CenturyTel Center. Witnesses said the pickup was traveling north on U.S. 71 when it crossed the center line and ran head-on into the southbound bus. The truck’s driver, Justin R. Maxey, 21, of Fouke, Ark., and his passenger, Jeffrey R. Ferguson Jr., 36, of Texarkana, Ark., were pronounced dead at the scene. Nine people were traveling on the tour bus at the time of the accident, and the injured were treated at a hospital in Vivian, La. Adkins, who was already in Bossier City, arrived at the crash scene shortly after the accident to console his band and crew members and to talk to law enforcement, fire and medical personnel. Adkins was born and raised in Sarepta, La., located 45 miles east of Bossier City. He was still planning to perform a scaled-down acoustic set at Saturday’s show. However, he will not appear with McBride and Buxton at Sunday’s (Feb. 14) tour stop in Pensacola, Fla. In a statement, Adkins said, “This is a real tragedy. Two people have been killed, and I don’t even know their names. So out of respect for their families, I prefer not to comment too much at this time.”