The family was killed instantly when their SUV hit a tractor and burst into flames in Harriman, Tennessee on Tuesday, August 30.
Stephanie Brown and her sons, Gage, nine, Jackson, seven, and Grayson, eight months, had been visiting their great-grandmother and were returning home on State Highway 61 when the accident took place.
According to reports Stephanie’s 2004 Ford Expedition crossed onto the wrong side of the road and hit a tractor-trailer coming in the other direction. The other driver, Joe Sexton, 51, escaped the accident with only minor injuries.
Stephanie’s husband and former high school sweetheart Josh is “crushed and devastated” by the tragedy and “still in shock”, her uncle, local pastor Rev. John Edwards tells the Daily Mail.
The accident has stunned the family’s close knit Harriman, Tennessee community. Friends and neighbors have paid tribute to a “perfect mom” who “radiated love” and teachers and students at the school the older Brown kids attended have been offered counseling sessions to help with their grief.
What a horrible, terrible tragedy.
— Ian Garland
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