by Steve Stewert/KJAS News
JASPER, Texas – Legendary country music singer and pianist Mickey Gilley and his son, Michael, were involved in an accident in Corrigan on Wednesday. Gilley family members originally said that it occurred in Lufkin.
It happened as they were traveling in a 2013 Toyota SUV to Branson, Missouri where Gilley owns a theater and regularly performs.
Michael’s wife, Susan Gilley, said that Mickey suffered a broken ankle and shoulder, while her husband is sore, but otherwise ok. Susan said she went to Lufkin and, following medical treatment, she brought them back to Pasadena.
Word is that another driver ran a stop sign in front of them, and Michael Gilley swerved, but the SUV clipped the other vehicle which caused his SUV to roll over and landed upside-down in a median.
Gilley is now 81. He 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.
Article originally appeared on http://www.kjas.com.