Mom & Three Young Kids Killed In Horrific Head-On Car Crash! What A Terrible Tragedy!

Thu, September 1, 2011 10:22am EST by 1 Comment

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.

Police don’t know what caused Stephanie’s car to veer. Clarence Nelson, chief of the Blair Volunteer Fire Department, says, “It looked like they were killed instantly. It was a terrible accident.”

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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Posted at 7:47 PM on September 1, 2011  

I drive by the accident everyday on my way to work and when I return home. The sight is chilling, and when I saw the pictures of both vehicles I got chills. I pray for all involved: the truck driver, the family, the emergency responders, the utility crew who had to restore downed lines, tow truck drivers, and all other personnel who were involved in this tragedy. Folks speed, do not take curves well, tailgate, pass illegally and the list can continue. Everyone needs to remember that when they are driving they are in a lethal weapon. When vehicles are moving at 55 MPH (the posted speed limit) to 75 MPH and they collide or even “tap” each other the outcome will be devastating. THINK when you are driving. Pay attention when you are driving-NO phone (no one is that important!), NO Texting (see previous comment), NO putting makeup, NO crossword puzzles, NO reaching for dropped anything, NO turning in your seat for something in the backseat (pull over!). A car is for DRIVING.

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