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One man dead, another airlifted to Savannah after truck struck tree and caught fire
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Rescue workers scramble to remove a seriously injured victim from an accident on Brooklet-Leefield Road in Brooklet Monday. Another occupant of the vehicle died at the scene. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    One man was killed and another airlifted to Savannah Monday after a single-vehicle accident on Brooklet-Leefield Road where a truck caught fire after overturning and striking a tree.
     First responders battled the blaze while rescue workers fought to free the survivor, a passenger in the truck. The driver was killed in the accident.
    Jerry Dean Littleton, 27, P. W. Clifton Road, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper D. H. Averitt. Franklin M. Hendrix, 18, Brooklet-Leefield Road, was freed from the wreckage after firefighters extinguished the flames, and was transported by Life Star to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, he said.
    Littleton was driving the red 2003 Toyota Tacoma southbound on Brooklet-Leefield Road when he lost control of the truck as he navigated a curve, Averitt said.
    The truck left the roadway on the east side and overturned once before striking the tree and then catching on fire, he said.
    Citizens who arrived at the scene used fire extinguishers to help put out the flames until first responders and firefighters arrived, according to information dispatched over radio. Rescue workers called for a wrecker to help pull the truck away from where it had "wrapped around a pecan tree,"  according to radio reports.
    Averitt said the collision with the tree was " a very violent impact."
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