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New details about accident that injured country music legend Mickey Gilley

The Corrigan Police Department on Thursday released new details about a late Wednesday morning accident which left legendary country music singer and pianist Mickey Gilley injured.

According to Lieutenant Herbert Simms, it happened shortly after 11:00 in the 1900 block of North Home Street (U.S. Highway 59) at Farm to Market Road 1987.

Simms said Mickey Gilley’s son, Michael Gilley, was driving northbound on Highway 59 in a 2013 Toyota SUV and Mickey Gilley, 81, both of Pasadena, was in the passenger seat.

According to Simms, another vehicle, a 2016 Cadillac, driven by Johnny Ellis, of Groveton, was westbound on FM 1987 and ran a stop sign. Simms said Ellis’ vehicle struck Gilley’s SUV, causing it to roll over several times and it came to rest upside-down in the median.

Simms said Mickey Gilley initially refused treatment from EMS at the scene. However, Michael Gilley’s wife, Susan Gilley, said that her father-in-law later underwent treatment in Lufkin and it was discovered that he had suffered a broken ankle and shoulder. Meanwhile, she said her husband was sore, but otherwise ok.

Gilley family members originally said that the crash occurred in Lufkin and KJAS News reported that information. However, it’s believed that the confusion came from the fact that they underwent medical treatment in Lufkin.

The crash happened as the father and son were traveling from Pasadena to Branson, Missouri where Mickey Gilley owns a theater and regularly performs.

Mickey suffered a setback in 2009 when he was helping a neighbor move furniture. He fell down and a sofa fell on top of him, crushing four vertebrae. He was temporarily paralyzed, but following intense therapy he began to walk again, and returned to performing about a year later.

Mickey Gilley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Rev. Jimmy Swaggart are first cousins from Ferriday, Louisiana.

Gilley began experiencing success in the music business in the early 1970's, and his popularity exploded in 1980 with the release of the movie Urban Cowboy.

The following press release was issued by Corrigan Police Department Lieutenant Herbert F. Simms on Thursday:

On January 3, 2018, at approximately 1116, a 2013 Silver Toyota, driven by Michael Gilley, was traveling north in the 1900 Block of N. Home St. (US 59), in Corrigan, Texas. Country Artist Mickey Gilley, was a front seat passenger.

A 2016 White Cadillac, driven by Johnny Ellis of Groveton, Texas, was traveling west on FM 1987, failed to yield the right of way to the Gilley vehicle and proceeded into the intersection, striking the Gilley vehicle on the passenger side.

This caused the Gilley vehicle to veer off the main slab into the median and roll 3-4 times before coming to rest upside down.

Mr. Gilley refused EMS treatment at the scene. It was later determined that he had suffered a shoulder and an ankle injury. His son, Michael Gilley, sustained bruises. Mr. Ellis was not injured.

Mr. Gilley’s vehicle was removed by Clifton’s Wrecker Service. Mr. Ellis’ vehicle was removed by Riley’s Wrecker Service.

The accident is still under investigation.

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