Cyclist injured avoiding head-on with truck

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, June 15, 2013

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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.

BOTTLENECK – Motorcycle rider Barbara Larock Schofield, 47, of Granbury, broke her leg after she wrecked trying to avoid a semi-truck carrying an over-sized load across a narrow bridge on FM 51 north of Decatur. Messenger photo by Bob Buckel

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.

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