GRAVES COUNTY, KENTUCKY (NewsFirst) — On March 5, 2024 at approximately 12:50 PM, the Graves County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Purchase Parkway near the Wingo exit for an overturned dump truck.

Deputies arrived to discover Brent Howard, 52 of Greenfield, TN, was traveling northbound on the Parkway in a 2007 Sterling dump truck that was not loaded. Howard stated that as he was traveling northbound, the vehicle started to pull to the left. Howard was traveling in a construction zone on the Parkway that had traffic merged down to one lane.

The front left of Howard’s vehicle struck a construction barrier which caused the truck to rollover onto its right side, and slide along the roadway. The vehicle stuck the guardrail on the right shoulder of the Parkway and came to rest blocking most of the one open northbound lane. Howard was extricated form the vehicle by the Mayfield Fire Department and he was then transported to Mercy Health Paducah by Mayfield / Graves County EMS. Howard was later transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

The Parkway was shut down to northbound traffic for about three hours while the scene was cleared. Due to the location of the collision, traffic was able to exit off of the Parkway at the 14 mile marker and then ramp back onto the Parkway at the same exit.

Deputy Zac Smith investigated this collision. He was assisted by Deputy Greg Sloan, Chief Deputy Jeremy Prince, Sheriff Jon Hayden, the Wingo Fire Department, the Mayfield Fire Department, Mayfield/Graves County EMS, the Kentucky State Police – Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – Department of Highways.