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Cause unclear in parking lot collision
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A medical condition could have been the cause of motor vehicle accident Monday around 5 p.m. in the parking lot of On The Way, a convenience store on South Chancery Street. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

A quick stop wasn’t too convenient for a Warren County resident on Monday.

William Taylor said he stopped at On The Way, a convenience store located on South Chancery Street, but didn’t expect to be involved in a head-on collision while sitting still.

“I went into the store and came back out,” said Taylor. “I was sitting in my car talking when the vehicle came around the gas pumps. I had a quick thought of ‘surely they are going to turn’ just before it hit my car. He didn’t even brake.”

According to McMinnville Police officer Matt Stubblefield, Taylor’s Lincoln Town Car was struck by a GMC Yukon driven by Terry Jones, 63.

“Mr. Jones was transported for treatment,” said Stubblefield. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to him.”

An unidentified witness reported that Jones went into the store and conducted a transaction. 

“He seemed fine. I was behind him in line. He wasn’t staggering or anything like that. He left the store. I was coming out the door and could see him in his vehicle as he passed. He had a glassy look in his eyes. I think something must have happened, maybe a medical condition of some kind.” 

Jones refused to comply when officers arrived and asked him to exit the vehicle. 

“They had to bust the window in, because he wouldn’t come out,” said Taylor. “Not sure why he wouldn’t come out. He just sat in there shaking his head no at them.”

Broken was the passenger-side window. After being extricated, Jones was transported by Warren County EMS to Saint Thomas River Park Hospital. 

Taylor was uninjured. 

The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. Monday.