When an 18-wheeler rolled over in the median near Nolanville on Friday, it wasn't the driver's fault, according to a family member of the driver.
The driver of that vehicle, James Ayers, was hauling a load of gravel when he swerved to avoid colliding with a small blue car which had pulled onto U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14 and slowed down in front of him, according to Jeremy Ayers, his son.
James Ayers is currently in Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, recovering from his injuries, which includes broken bones in his neck, Jeremy Ayers said Saturday.
"He may never walk again," Jeremy Ayers said.
The incident took place shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, east of mile marker 294. The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed for hours while the scene was cleared. Traffic was diverted onto the access road at the Paddy Hamilton Road exit.
Sgt. David Roberts of the Texas Department of Public Safety had said Friday that Ayers' 18-wheeler had slowed due to another accident farther east on the highway, lost control and hit another truck before rolling over on the median.
"That's the information the trooper gave me who was investigating," Roberts said Saturday. He was not able to confirm or deny the information provided by Jeremy Ayers.
"Instead of possibly killing people, my dad swerved and did lose control," Jeremy Ayers said. "I just want people to know it wasn't his fault."