BENTON - A Benton man was injured in the early morning hours on Thursday after a deer crossed the path of his motorcycle on US Highway 68 East.
Thomas E. Archer, 45, of Benton, was unable to avoid the deer and lost control of his vehicle which left the roadway and traveled down through a ditch. Archer was ejected from the motorcycle and transported to Marshall County Hospital by Marshall County EMS for treatment of his injuries.
This incident is one among some of the first reported deer-related collisions in the area, as the State Transportation Cabinet seeks to remind drivers of the dangers posed during the last three months of the year during the end of crop and beginning of mating season, keeping deer increasingly on the move.
Marshall County ranked second in the region last year with 38 deer-related collisions, just shy of the 42 reported in Graves County.
Cooler evenings and shorter days kick in the fall mating season, putting deer on the move at times when they are least visible. An analysis of crash reports indicates most auto collisions with deer are just before sunrise or just after sunset.
"The onset of cooler weather is a reminder for everyone to stay attentive while driving," said Jim LeFevre, KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer.
"This is especially important during the twilight hours when deer and other wildlife tend to move while visibility can be an issue. Deer often travel in herds, so drivers should be especially on alert because more could be close behind when they spot a deer crossing the road."