One Man Dies in Fiery Truck Crash at Dowelltown

September 7, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

One person died in a fiery crash Sunday afternoon at Dowelltown.

Dead is 62 year old Wilbern Estes of 1662 Chapman Hollow Road Dowelltown.

Trooper Jimmy Tisdale of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Estes, the lone occupant of a 1988 Toyota pickup, was traveling south on Chapman Hollow Road, when the truck went off an embankment and into the creek bed, traveling about 100 feet before coming to a stop and bursting into flames.

Estes died at the scene.

Trooper Tisdale says neighbors and motorists passing by saw the smoke from the crash and called 911. The first call came in at 2:38 p.m.

Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and Extrication Team, including the Liberty Station and the Main Station were called to extinguish the blaze. They also had to pop open one of the truck doors so that the body could be removed.

DeKalb County Medical Examiner Terry Martin, DeKalb EMS, and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department were also on the scene.

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