ATHENS — Mason Glenn Gilliland, 23, was ejected from a vehicle in a one-vehicle accident early this morning in Athens and died at the scene, according to Police Chief Floyd Johnson.

The accident occurred at about 12:23 a.m. on U.S. 31 south of U.S. 72, Johnson said.

The accident is under investigation but Johnson said it appears the vehicle was traveling north on U.S. 31 and Gilliland, of Athens, was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

The vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole, he said.

Athens Utilities was working this morning to replace the pole, and traffic on the north bound side of U.S. 31 was limited to one lane until that work was finished, he said.

marian.accardi@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2438. Twitter @DD_MAccardi.

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