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Father and son motorcyclists injured Monday

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By Robin Scott

    Two men riding motorcycles early Monday were involved in an accident that sent both to Coon Memorial Hospital.  EMS, Dallam County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the scene just after 10:00 a.m.  The accident occurred just north of Dalhart on Highway 87 near the intersection of N. Sedan Road.

    Chief Deputy Kevin Martin with the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office and Trooper Chad Shumate with DPS both arrived at the scene.  Trooper Shumate stated that both men were transported to Coon Memorial Hospital.  Soon after, the older of the two men was transported by life flight to Amarillo.  Shumate also stated that the men, who were both from McKinney, Texas, were father and son.  He noted, “Traffic was backed up and they weren’t paying attention. When they realized they were fixing to hit the semi, they locked up their brakes and went into a skid at the same time.  Both of them were thrown from their bikes.”  Shumate also commented that an accident involving two motorcyclists is rare.  

    Garth Fisher, an independent owner/operator truck driver driving for Priefert Ranch Equipment out of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and his wife, Becky, found themselves in a predicament just before the wreck.  A truck hauling manure was making the left turn onto N. Sedan Road, causing the vehicles behind it to slow down.  Fisher stated that the two motorcycle operators didn’t realize in time that they needed to slow down.  Fisher and his wife saw that the motorcycles were going to rear end them, so Fisher turned on his emergency flashers to attempt to slow them down.  Just before impact, the cycles applied the brakes.  One of the men fell from the bike and rolled up to the truck and the other bike ran up onto him.  Fisher noted, “They weren’t driving crazy or anything, they just didn’t realize they needed to slow down.”  Fisher took quick action to direct traffic and try to slow oncoming drivers down while waiting for emergency personnel.  He stated that a nurse came up on the scene and assisted in stabilizing one of the motorcycle drivers.

    Fisher commented that he has driven a truck for 27 years and has never had a traffic accident or received a traffic ticket.  He noted, “I take pride in what I do, and it’s like the big brother thing.  I try to look out for them.  I’m just glad that they didn’t actually impact my trailer and that they were wearing helmets.”  

    No citations were issued after the accident.

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