THP investigates fatal McMinn Co. crash

THP investigates fatal McMinn Co. crash

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ATHENS (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol said they responded to a fatal wreck that left a man dead on Saturday afternoon.  The accident involved a van pulling a trailer that caught on fire.

The the crash happened on Interstate 75 southbound at mile marker 50 in McMinn County.

THP said Donald Barnes, 53, was headed southbound when his vehicle went of the road and crashed into a tree head on.

Investigators say that's when the van caught on fire, and the flames spread to the trailer.

No other vehicles or people were involved in the wreck.

According to the Athens Fire Department, that part of the roadway was closed for several hours, but it is now re-opened.

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