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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) A signle car wreck killed an Athens man Saturday afternoon. 

It happened at 1:40 p.m. on Holt Road, just four miles north of Athens. According to state troopers, 28-year-old Joel McAlister Smith was killed when his Chevy Monte Carlo left the roadway and overturned.

Police say Smith was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities believe speed may have been a factor, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.