Georgia man killed in truck wreck, fire on I-59 in DeKalb County

The DeKalb County Coroner said no one else was injured in the crash.

Posted: Jun 29, 2019 5:41 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2019 10:10 AM

One man died in a truck wreck on I-59 near County Road 140 in DeKalb County near the Geogia state line.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Troopers identified the driver as James harold Hillis, 61, of Silver Creek, Georgia. They said he was killed when around 3:40 p.m., his 1999 Mack tractor trailer ran off the road, struck a ditch and flipped. The truck then caught fire.

DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson told WAAY 31 News that the truck was the only vehicle involved and that Hillis was the only person in the tractor trailer.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) said in a statement that the wreck happened around 3:50 p.m. Saturday. The wreck was cleared by 5:30 p.m.

ALDOT added that the truck caught fire as a result of the crash. Wilson told WAAY 31 that no one else was injued in the wreck. 

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