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Wreck leads to house fire
Man's rental home burns after three-vehicle crash
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Some days it’s just not your day, a feeling McMinnville resident Richard Sexton knows all too well.


Just before noon on Saturday, Sexton, 53, was involved in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Shellsford Road and Beersheba Highway.


Shortly after his crash, Sexton lost a rental home to fire. The events were connected.


According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Ballew, Sexton was traveling southbound on Shellsford Road (Highway 127) and had stopped at its intersection with Beersheba Highway (Highway 56).


“Sexton, driving a 2011 Dodge Ram truck, was waiting to cross 56 and continue outward on 127,” said Ballew.


Johnathan Cole, 31, who was traveling inbound on Beersheba Highway in a Hyundai Accent, had slowed to make a left turn onto Shellsford Road.


“Cole’s vehicle was struck from behind by a 2003 Chevy,” said Ballew. “That vehicle was driven by 48-year-old Jeff Grissom.”


Both vehicles, Grissom’s truck and Cole’s car, collided with Sexton’s Dodge Ram truck as it waited at the intersection to cross.


All three vehicles were damaged beyond drivability. All three drivers are McMinnville residents and reported no serious injuries.


According to Ballew, Sexton called an employee to pick him up, “Enrique Mendoza lived on Shellsford Road in a rental home owned by Sexton. Mendoza said he left immediately and forgot he had something cooking on the stove. When they arrived back at the residence, they discovered the home was on fire.”


The motor vehicle accident occurred at 11:30 a.m., while the structure fire was received by 911 dispatch at 12:18 p.m.


Collins River Fire Department responded, but the house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.


Grissom was cited for following too closely.