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Man dies on I-459 South, Sunday, police blame texting

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JEFFERSON COUNTY - AL -

A McCalla man is dead after a crash on I-459 South, Sunday.

Bessemer Police believe the 29-year-old victim was texting someone as he tried to take the "Bessemer-McCalla" Exit around 10:20 a.m.

Skid marks on the scene show his truck swerved on to the ramp, then ran off the shoulder and over a ditch before slamming into a tree.

Police say the vehicle burst into flames.

Some people at a nearby restaurant heard the crash and ran out to help. Bessemer Police say the good Samaritans pulled the man from the burning truck, but it was too late to save him.

The victim's identity has not yet been released.

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