Western Ky. man killed in two vehicle crash

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A Gilbertsville, Ky. man has died after a two vehicle crash in Marshall County.

It happened shortly after 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 68 near Big Bear Highway, around 4 1/2 miles from Draffenville.

According to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup driven by Walter L. Smith, 69, of Benton was eastbound on U.S. 68 between Big Bear Highway and Dunn Cemetery Road when he lost consciousness behind the wheel.

Smith's vehicle then went off the right side of the road and hit a driveway forcing the vehicle back on the road. His vehicle then crossed the center line and hit a Ford F-350 pickup driven by Andrew D. Beard, 37, of Gilbertsville.

Beard's truck went off the right side of the road and overturned. Beard died at the scene.

Smith was taken to the Marshall County hospital for treatment.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The crash is being investigated by the sheriff's office.

Deputies were assisted by the Fairdealing-Olive Fire Department, the Palma-Briensburg Fire Department, Marshall County EMS and the Marshall County Coroner's Office.

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