Garland rode behind the wagon to slow traffic, while Alexander rode in the front. They had flags and, he said, the lights of the wagon were on.
Garland added it was dusk, but still light enough to see. He said they had never had problems with cars not respecting their space on the shoulder before.
“We crossed 337 there and I turned back and looked and saw this car come barreling over the hill,” Garland said. “He stayed real close to the white line and didn’t scoot over at all, didn’t slow down at all. I tried to get his attention and move him over or slow him down. He buzzed right by the wagon and they could have reached out and slapped his mirror.
“I went to whooping and spurring and saw him hit Alton from behind. Alton kinda looked like he was just on another bronc. That horse humped up his back and [Alton] turned and looked back behind him to try and figure out what was going on.
“I got there to hold his head and neck in case [he suffered] trauma. I dragged him out from underneath the horse.
“My brother and Jake and everyone else jumped on the horse to keep the horse from kicking him too much [and] we pulled the saddle off of him,” he said.
Garland noted that everyone in the wagon witnessed what happened and did what they could to help Alexander. He added that every one of them were his heroes.
“I just held him and watched him look at me one time and try to say something to me,” he continued. “He was breathing, but... I think he saw the light and came to us to say goodbye and then went back toward the light or something, I don’t know.