A Vinton County man is dead after an early morning crash

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A man is dead after a fatal single-vehicle crash early Friday morning in Vinton County.

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James Elkins, 22, of Vinton was pronounced dead at the scene on Covered Bridge Road north of Wilkesville Township in Vinton County just after 3:30 a.m.

Troopers report that Elkins was traveling northeast on TR-8W when his Ford F-250 pickup truck went off the right side of the road, came back onto the roadway, travelled off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and then overturned multiple times before coming to a rest on its top.

Elkins, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.

Troopers said a passenger, who was also not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown into the rear seat of the vehicle and treated at the scene for minor injuries before being released.

The Highway Patrol reminded all motorists to wear their seat belts on each and every trip and to avoid distractions while operating a motor vehicle.