PINE GROVE - A 21-year-old Pine Grove man is dead after his car hit a tree early Saturday morning along Birds Hill Road in Pine Grove Township.

Joseph M. Jones was pronounced dead shortly after the accident occurred at 12:50 a.m.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Jones was driving a 1992 Buick east on Birds Hill Road, just west of Pleasant Hill Road, when the vehicle swerved and slid sideways for an unknown reason. The vehicle slid off the road and struck a tree with its driver's side door.

Jones, who was wearing a seat belt, had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Police said speed was not a factor in the accident.