Four teenagers were killed in a fiery crash early Sunday morning just south of McMinnville in Warren County.
The teens, Kaimen Collins, Chris Frazier, Dominique Pinegar and Shanna Seiderer, died after their vehicle crashed and burst into flames around 1:30 a.m.
According to reports, the teens, all seniors at Warren County High School, were traveling south on Viola Road when Collins lost control of the red Camaro he was driving.
The Camaro left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned near Southside Drive. The vehicle then burst into flames.
Two of the victims were ejected during the initial impact of the crash.
Collins' mother told News 2 the teens in the car with her son were like brothers.
"We loved them all," Kim Dykes said. "God is all that is holding us here because we don't have an understanding, but we know he does."
Dykes said her son had just helped decorate their Christmas tree when he left her home around 10 p.m.
"He was a smart young man," she said. "He was going to go to MTSU. Now he is a senior that we are not going to get to see graduate."
Collins' sister Kaitom Tanner said Collins was the best brother a sister could want.
"He would always make you smile," she said. "He cared for everybody in the world and had the biggest heart you could ever imagine."
Collins' family told News 2 the outpouring of support from the community is a blessing.
"We know he was loved by so many people and our high school is being very supportive to all the students so that does help," his mother said. "The community has been wonderful, our church has been awesome and so have our family and friends."
Warren County High School officials told News 2 all four victims were good students and well liked among their peers.
Grief counselors were on hand Monday to help grieving students.
At the scene of the crash THP crash scene investigators were taking pictures and measurements Monday.
Gordon Woodlee lives next to the crash site. The car first crashed through his yard and uprooted a tree before rolling over.
"1:30 in the morning I was awakened by a terrible sound," he said. "It sounded like an airplane crash or something."
He continued, "I ran out here and saw a fire in the field here. It looked like a house on fire, but it wasn't a house."
Woodlee said in the 42 years he has lived in his home he has seen a total of seven people lose their lives in the same stretch of road, which includes the four teens on Sunday.
Woodlee said he has complained about speeding in the winding area of the road for several years.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Funeral arrangements for all the teens are still pending.
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