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Single-vehicle wreck kills one in Azle

A man, believed to be 19 years old, died late Thursday when the pickup truck he was driving rolled and ejected him on Texas 199 in Azle, police said.

Police on Friday indicated that they knew the driver's name, but they weren't releasing it until after they were certain his family had been notified.

The man was the only person in the wreck, and no other vehicles were damaged, said Azle Police Chief Steve Myers. He added that there was no evidence of alcohol in the wreck.

Police and ambulance crews were summoned at 11:22 p.m. to the scene of the wreck in the 1600 block of Texas 199, also called the Jacksboro Highway.

The man was driving a red Chevrolet pickup westbound on Jacksboro Highway at a high rate of speed, Myers said.

The truck went out of control, crossed over the center median, rolled once and ejected the driver, Myers said. The truck, he added, came to rest on the eastbound side of the highway.

He noted, however, that the truck nearly collided with another vehicle as it crossed into the eastbound lanes.

The driver of the other vehicle stopped to help, but did not see the ejected man and struck him, Myers said. He added that it was unknown if that contributed to the man's death.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jacksboro Highway was closed until about 3 a.m. while police cleared the wreckage. The investigation continued on Friday.

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