LEITCHFIELD, KY – The Kentucky State Police is reporting that: On Thursday, June 29th, 2023, at 3:45 p.m. CDT, KSP Post 4 was requested by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a fatal collision on the Western Kentucky Parkway near Leitchfield. Troopers responded to the westbound 99 mile-marker of the parkway.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 68-year-old Cadiz resident, Herbert Wharton, was standing outside his vehicle, a 2001 Lincoln Town Car, parked in the emergency lane when a 2004 Chevrolet Express van pulling a trailer struck both the Wharton and his vehicle. The van was being driven by Gary Park, age 43, of St. Louis, MO.

Wharton was transported to Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield, where he was pronounced deceased by the Grayson County Coroner’s Office. Park was not injured.

The affected portion of the Western Kentucky Parkway was closed for several hours, and a detour was opened in order to allow KSP to investigate the collision.

KSP was assisted at the scene by the Grayson Co. EMS, Grayson Co. Sheriff’s Office, Grayson Co. Coroner, and the Leitchfield Fire Department. The investigation remains ongoing by reconstructionist Trooper Kevin Dreisbach.

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