Both lanes of Farm Road 51 were shut down for nearly an hour Thursday morning north of Slidell after a motorcyclist slid off the road trying to avoid a head-on collision with an oncoming 18-wheeler carrying a wide load.
Barbara Larock Schofield, 47, of Granbury, clipped her riding partner’s bike when he slowed down in front of her.
The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. when the southbound 18-wheeler encountered the northbound motorcyclists on a narrow bridge.
According to state trooper Jeff Johnson, Schofield lost control of her motorcycle, clipped the back of Larry Wynn’s bike, skidded into the guardrail and came to a stop a few yards from the 18-wheeler.
Jesse Shaffer, driver of the oversize load hauling a nose section for a C-117 airplane, was attempting to cross a bridge, taking up both lanes of traffic, when he met the riders.
Schofield was transported to Denton Regional Hospital with a broken left leg. Wynn said she also may have injured her right knee and noted that she had some “road rash” abrasions. Both were riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Texas Department of Public Safety, Wise County medics and Slidell-Greenwood Fire Department all responded to the wreck.