TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Non-Injury Collision on Purchase Parkway in Graves County
Date of News Release: 10/08/2007
(Mayfield, KY) - Russell Ray Stephenson was traveling North on the Purchase Parkway when a deer ran into his path of travel. He steered right in an attempt to avoid impact. Mr. Stephenson lost control of his 2003 Kenworth tractor and trailer, traveled down in the median and overturned on to the passenger side. The trailer was loaded with 42,400 Lbs. of greeting cards. The truck came to rest blocking both southbound lanes until approximately 10:30AM. The truck has been removed from the scene, but one lane of the parkway is still closed while workers remove the cards that were scattered along the road. Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and Kentucky Department of Transportation assisted state police at the scene. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Joe Gregory.