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Retired NASCAR driver James Hylton, son killed in a truck accident in Georgia



Former NASCAR driver James Hylton and his son were killed in a truck accident on a highway in northern Georgia on Saturday, sources said.

The Georgia State Patrol told WSPA that the accident happened just after 6 pm on Interstate 85 in Carnesville, located 85 miles northwest of Atlanta.

The truck ran off the carriageway and hit an embankment, causing two passengers and severely injuring the driver. The authorities identified the two victims as the 83-year-old James Harvey Hylton and the 61-year-old James Harvey Hylton Jr.

Deputy coroner Franklin County Clayton Bryant told the Associated Press that the three men would have to be taken out of the GMC truck who pulled a trailer with a racing car and other equipment. According to the police, no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Bryant said the driver, whose name had not been announced, was taken to a hospital in Greenville, South Carolina, to treat multiple fractures.

Georgia State Patrol said that it had still investigated and did not determine whether to quote the driver.

Hylton and his son were both from Inman, SC, according to FOX Carolina.

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Hylton was the rookie of the year in 1966 and launched 602 races in the Cup Series and won two races in a career that started second in the points finals three times in 1964

NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series said in a joint statement that "dedication, passion and longevity in motorsports are nearly unequaled."

"We've lost a really special member of the racing family and a beloved figure among generations of competitors and racing fans alike," said the statement.

Hylton, born in 1934 at his family's Virginia farm, drove his Ford's Ford Model T. His brother taught him how to use the pedals. Hylton worked on the farm to help his family make ends meet during the Depression.

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He began a sinuous career in motorsport, starting as a mechanic for Rex White and then as a crew chief for Ned Jarrett in the early days of NASCAR , then he went back and finished second in the 1966 Cup.

Hylton also finished second in points ahead of Richard Petty in 1967 and 1971. His victories came in 1970 in Richmond and 1972 in Talladega. Overall, the good-natured Hylton made 140 top-five finishes and 301 top-10 finishes in the Cup Series.

He also tried 21 Daytona 500s between 1966 and 2007, until third in 1967.

Hylton drove full-time between 2009 and 2013 in the ARCA Series. He started 175 ARCA races as a rider and made his final start at the age of 78 in 2013. As owner he drove a car at 638 Cup and 413 ARCA events with Kirk S. helmerdine earned his only ARCA victory in the team Year 2003.

The Associated Press has contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed


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