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NASCAR issues statement after former driver James Hylton, son killed in crash

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Franklin County, GA (FOX Carolina) -

Franklin County Deputy Coroner Clayton Bryan said  former NASCAR driver James Hylton and his son were killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday morning. 

Georgia State Patrol said Hylton and his son were passengers in a GMC truck that crashed into a creek bank after running off the road.The incident occurred on I-85 northbound near exit 164. 

Hylton and his son, James Hylton Jr., were both from Inman. An autopsy has been scheduled for a later date. 

According to the coroner's office, the truck was pulling a trailer carrying a race car and tools. 

The driver of the truck was rescued and taken to a hospital in Greenville, Bryan said. 

The case remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. 

NASCAR issued the following statement on the crash:

“Racing competitively in parts of six decades, James Hylton’s dedication, passion and longevity in motorsports are virtually unmatched. Hylton won the rookie of the year at NASCAR’s highest level, the 1972 race at Talladega Superspeedway and regularly contended for championships during the early years of his career. His racing influence continued into the ARCA series, where he competed as a driver and, most recently, a car owner. We have lost a truly special member of the racing family and a beloved figure among generations of competitors and race fans alike. We extend our deepest condolences to the Hylton family on the tragic loss of James Hylton and his son James Jr.”

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