Troopers: DeKalb County deputy was not wearing seat belt during deadly wreck

A DeKalb County deputy traveling off-duty was ejected from his vehicle during an early Tuesday morning wreck.

Posted: Nov 1, 2017 10:19 PM

Alabama State Troopers say a DeKalb County sheriff's deputy was not wearing his seat belt when he died in a single-car wreck Tuesday.

Troopers say Daniel Lee Mathews, 56, of Fort Payne, died after his 2012 Jeep Wrangler left the roadway and hit a guardrail before it overturned just after 3 a.m. Tuesday on DeKalb County Road 27 two miles west of Fort Payne.

Mathews was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the wreck, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate the wreck.

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