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News Release

Kentucky State Police Investigating Fatal Trigg County Collision

Date of News Release: 4/17/2017

CADIZ, KY (April 16, 2017) – Kentucky State Police Post 1 responded to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 68/80 and Highway 139 in Trigg County at approximately 4:00 p.m. on April 16, 2017.

Preliminary investigation has shown Joseph L. Cotton was operating a 2000 Ford Ranger northbound on Highway 139. Cotton attempted to cross Highway 68/80, failing to yield right of way to a 2002 Toyota Highlander, being operated westbound by Dustin B Francis.

The two vehicles collided at the intersection, causing Cotton, who was not wearing his seatbelt, to be ejected from his vehicle. Early indications also lead Troopers to believe Cotton may have been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the collision.

Both Cotton and Francis were transported by ambulance to Trigg County Hospital. Francis, age 28, of Murray, Kentucky was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries. At just after 4:45 p.m., while at the Trigg County Hospital, Joseph L. Cotton, age 43, of Dawson Springs, Kentucky, was pronounced deceased by Trigg County Coroner John Mark Vinson.

KSP was assisted at the scene by Trigg County Sheriff Department, Cadiz Police Department, Trigg County Ambulance, and Trigg County Rescue Squad.

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Aaron Acree. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.