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Identity of Mercer wreck victim released

August 27, 2003

HARRODSBURG - The identity of the man killed in a traffic accident Tuesday in Mercer County has been released.

John M. Benham, 26, a resident of Meade County who was working at Corning Inc. in Harrodsburg as a contract laborer, was killed in an accident involving three vehicles Tuesday morning at the intersection of U.S. 127 and the Harrodsburg bypass south of Harrodsburg.

Benham was killed at 5:50 a.m. when he attempted to turn left from U.S. 127 on to the bypass. His vehicle was struck by an truck traveling in the opposite direction on U.S. 127. According to Mercer County Deputy Sheriff Chris Kehrt, Benham exited his vehicle in the intersection and was struck and killed by another northbound vehicle on U.S. 127. He was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma injuries, according to Genie Sims at Ransdell Funeral Home.

Information about the other two persons involved in the accident were not available this morning from the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

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Arrangements for Benham are by Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg.

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