Car Slams Into Home, Catches Both On Fire - Petway and Bucksnort (Cheatham Co.)

ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) - A fiery crash left a driver hospitalized, and a family without a home.

A driver in a Jeep slammed into the family's home in Cheatham County on Friday night, causing both the vehicle and home to go up in flames.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of the vehicle, James Porter, Jr., was traveling north on Petway Road around 8:30 p.m. and was attempting to negotiate a left curve and went off the roadway on the right.

THP officials said the Jeep crossed both lanes to Bucksnort Drive, and back off the roadway.

The Jeep continued through the grass before striking a home.

Troopers said the house and the vehicle became engulfed in flames.

A Cheatham County Sheriff's Office deputy happened to be on patrol nearby and pulled Porter out of the burning car.

Meanwhile, a family was in the room of the house impacted by the burning car.

Investigators said the father grabbed his young son out of the burning room and rushed to safety.

The home was a complete loss.

News 4 talked with Johnathan Vickers who's lived off Petway Road for 57 years.

Vickers said he’s seen a lot of wrecks, but nothing quite like this.  

“It sounded almost like a bomb going off. it was really hard to believe what i was actually seeing because something like this doesn’t happen here every day”, said Vickers. 

Vickers told News4 that he was on his way home when saw the fire and jumped into action with others to try and help save the house and the man behind the wheel.

“We helped him out the vehicle and just in the nick of time because the vehicle exploded probably within a minute”, said Vickers. 

Porter suffered severe burns on his upper body and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

Vickers is glad everyone was able to make it out alive, but said this has impacted this family forever. 

“It's very disturbing to be inside of a house, you’re sitting down watching TV and eating dinner and all of the sudden within minutes everything that you know is gone.” 

Charges against Porter are pending, according to THP investigators. 

The cousin of the father has set up a Go FundMe page to help pay for expenses. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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