70-year-old Benton, Ky. man killed in crash with state vehicle

70-year-old Benton, Ky. man killed in crash with state vehicle

GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - One person has died after a two vehicle crash in Graves County, Kentucky.

According to state transportation spokesperson Keith Todd, this happened on Jackson Purchase Parkway at the 24 mile marker northbound, outside of Mayfield. The crash happened around 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon says the sheriff's office is investigating the deadly crash.

Sheriff Redmon says the spray truck driven by Timothy Perryman 52 of Smithland, was traveling at a slow rate of speed in the passing lane of the Parkway near the 24 mile marker. Another Kentucky Transportation Cabinet vehicle was traveling behind the spray truck to warn traffic of the slow moving vehicle.

Joseph Armiger, 70 of Benton, was northbound in a pick-up truck. According to witnesses, Armiger passed the first Transportation Cabinet vehicle on the right side and then drifted into the left lane, colliding with the rear of the Transportation Cabinet spray truck.

Armiger was trapped in his vehicle and was removed from the vehicle by the Mayfield Fire Department.

Armiger died at the scene, according to the Graves County Coroner's Office.

Perryman was taken to an area hospital by Mayfield/Graves County EMS for treatment of minor injuries.

The remainder of the liquid grass and weed killer that was in the tank of the spray truck spilled onto the northbound lanes of the Purchase Parkway. The Parkway was closed for approximately two and a half hours while the scene was cleared.

The following agencies assisted the sheriff's office at the scene: Mayfield Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Viola Fire Department, Mayfield-Graves County Fire and Rescue, Lowes Fire Department, Graves County Office of Emergency Management, Mayfield Fire Department, Mayfield-Graves County EMS, Graves County Coroner's Office and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office assisted with notifying the Armiger family about the incident.

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