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Man falls off bicycle, run over by 18-wheeler

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, June 8, 2013

{{{*}}}A 59-year-old man from Bridgeport remains in critical condition three days after an 18-wheeler ran over him after he wrecked his bicycle.

The accident occurred just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, at the intersection of Halsell Street and Texas 114 in Bridgeport.

Roy Wayne Harris

Roy Wayne Harris was approaching Texas 114 from Halsell Street on his bicycle “when he lost control, fell off his bicycle and rolled underneath the rear tandem wheels of the 18-wheeler,” said Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton.

The back tires of the 18-wheeler crushed Harris’s body, causing life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Wise Regional in Bridgeport and from there flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to Harris Methodist in Fort Worth. As of Friday morning he remained in critical condition.

The 18-wheeler, driven by Jacky Mitchell, 59, of Purdon, was headed east on Texas 114 and had just started moving after being stopped at the traffic light.

“(Mitchell) couldn’t see (Harris),” Singleton said. “He didn’t even know he’d hit anybody until a witness drove after him down and told him he’d ran over somebody back there.”

Investigators said the incident appears to be an accident. But the Texas Department of Public Safety has inspected the commercial truck and flagged it for not passing basic inspection.

Witnesses and investigators weren’t sure what caused Harris to lose control of his bicycle, saying he might have hit a rut in the road which caused him to fly off the bike and underneath the 18-wheeler.

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