A West Blocton man was killed in a single-vehicle accident that engulfed his car in flames, Alabama State Troopers said Friday morning.

Sergeant Jeremy Burkett, a spokesperson for the Troopers in Tuscaloosa, said 53-year-old Ernest Mealer, Jr. was driving on Bibb County Road 9 when his Dodge Dart left the roadway.

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The vehicle reportedly struck two embankments, overturned and came to rest in a creek, but police say the Dodge caught fire after the impacts and became completely engulfed in flames.

Mealer, who lived in West Blocton, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Troopers say the wreck took place a few minutes before 8 a.m. Thursday roughly three miles north of Brent, Alabama.

The Troopers' Highway Patrol Division continues to investigate the deadly accident, and no further details were available Friday morning.

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