Former NASCAR driver James Hylton, the 1966 Rookie of the Year, has been killed in a car crash. He was 83.

Hylton and his son, 61-year-old James 'Tweety' Hylton Jr, both died at the scene of the crash on Interstate 85 in Carnesville, Georgia, just after 6am on Saturday.

The father and son were returning from Friday's ARCA Series event at Talladega Superspeedway when their GMC truck veered off the road and hit and embankment, according to authorities.

The driver of the vehicle survived the crashed and sustained serious injuries.

NASCAR and ARCA released a statement saying that the two-time premier series winner's 'dedication, passion and longevity in motorsports is virtually unmatched.'