MCMINN COUNTY, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A 53-year-old man died Saturday afternoon when the tractor-trailer he was driving left Interstate 75 near Athens, Tenn., hit a tree head-on and burst into flames.
The crash happened about 1 p.m. at the 50-mile marker on I-75 South, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol accident report. Donald Barnes drove off the road, through a grassy area and into a tree.
A fire engulfed the cab of the truck and the entire trailer, the report states. Barnes' body was found in the cab of the vehicle.