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Motorcycle broadsides pickup, sends 4 to hospital

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Four people were injured, including two children, when a pickup pulled out in front of a motorcycle early Saturday evening a couple of miles south of Decatur on U.S. 81/287.

The accident occurred in front of NRS Trailers at the intersection of County Road 4228 and U.S. 81/287.

SUDDEN STOP - Roger Ferguson, a pastor from Justin, is carted from the back of an ambulance to a waiting helicopter on U.S. 287 south of Decatur early Saturday evening. A pickup pulled in front of him and his wife, Marla, while they were southbound on a motorcycle. Messenger photo by Brandon Evans

SUDDEN STOP – Roger Ferguson, a pastor from Justin, is carted from the back of an ambulance to a waiting helicopter on U.S. 287 south of Decatur early Saturday evening. A pickup pulled in front of him and his wife, Marla, while they were southbound on a motorcycle. Messenger photo by Brandon Evans

Two people were on the southbound motorcycle, including Marla Ferguson of Justin, who was hurled off the cycle after it struck the driver’s side of the pickup, according to a witness. Amazingly, her injuries weren’t critical, and she was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She was removed from the intensive care unit by the end of the weekend, but her husband Roger, who was driving the motorcycle, suffered serious injuries and was flown from the scene.

“The male driver of the motorcycle took the brunt of the impact,” said state trooper Fred Thornton.

Traffic was halted as Air Evac Lifeteam 68 helicopter landed in the southbound lanes to transport Mr. Ferguson to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for serious injuries.

Mr. Ferguson, who is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Justin, suffered multiple broken bones, dislocations and lacerations in the wreck. He remained hospitalized as of press time time Tuesday afternoon. Both were wearing helmets.

The motorcycle, which was traveling 55 to 60 mph, struck the rear driver’s side tire of the pickup with such impact it tore the wheel off the truck and spun the pickup 180-degrees counter-clockwise, leaving it immobile and sitting in a ditch in the median.

“They were just out cruising around, having a nice ride, and were headed back home,” Thornton said.

The driver of the pickup, Brandie Hood, 37, and her husband, Jerry, 37, both of Chico, were uninjured in the wreck. Three children were seated in the back seat of the truck. Two were taken to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for minor injuries.

Hood told Department of Public Safety officers she didn’t see the motorcycle coming. Any potential charges, such as failure to yield, are pending investigation.

Texas Department of Public Safety, Decatur Fire Department, Wise County medics and Wise County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the wreck.

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