Driver dies in fiery 411 crash
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Traffic backs up along Highway 411 north in Cartersville after a tractor-trailer crashed between Cline Smith Road and Industrial Park Road about 9 a.m. Wednesday. The entire road was closed for an hour, with southbound lanes closed for hours following the wreck. The truck left the roadway, striking trees before bursting into flames. The driver was killed. Authorities are conducting DNA tests to verify the driver’s identity. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
Traffic backs up along Highway 411 north in Cartersville after a tractor-trailer crashed between Cline Smith Road and Industrial Park Road about 9 a.m. Wednesday. The entire road was closed for an hour, with southbound lanes closed for hours following the wreck. The truck left the roadway, striking trees before bursting into flames. The driver was killed. Authorities are conducting DNA tests to verify the driver’s identity. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
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One person died Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer crashed in Cartersville and burst into flames.

Cartersville Police Department Lt. Mark Camp said in a release officers were dispatched about 9 a.m. to Highway 411 between Cline Smith and Industrial Park roads where the truck was off the roadway.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the tractor-trailer, which had been traveling northbound, had left the roadway after crossing the southbound lanes and traveled into the woods where it hit the trees and caught fire, Camp said. The driver was unable to exit the vehicle and died at the scene.

Cartersville Fire Department Capt. Mark Bagley said Wednesday evening his department was on the scene for four hours and had the blaze extinguished within 10 minutes. The fire destroyed the vehicle and burned surrounding trees.

"We kept the entire road closed for an hour," Bagley said, adding that the southbound lanes were closed for roughly five hours.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton said authorities could not confirm the driver's identity "100 percent." He said DNA testing would be done.