A Paradise man was injured Tuesday morning after his motorcycle hit a guardrail on County Road 3470 a couple of miles south of Paradise.
Terry Himes, 57, lost control of his motorcycle after a bee flew up his shorts.
He panicked, swerved into the guardrail and flipped forward off his bike, falling about 15 feet into a dry creek bed below the bridge.
“A bee got down in his shorts, and he went off the bridge,” said Sgt. Lloyd McKinney of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“When I drove up, I saw the bike on the bridge but no rider, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh,’” said passerby Ray Alexander. “He had flipped off the bike, over the railing and came straight down at least 15 feet. It was a hell of a way to start the morning.”
Alexander called 911 for Himes.
Members of the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County Medics arrived and climbed into the creek, strapped Himes onto a sled and pulled him through brambles up the bank and out of the creek.
His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. He was suffering from neck and back pains after the tumble. Himes was transported by ground to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
“I think he’s going to be all right,” said DPS State Trooper Patrick Garcia. “They are just taking him to the hospital to run some tests.”
“He had his helmet on, and that’s probably what saved him,” Alexander said.
Himes’ wreck occurred just down the road from his house. He was on his way to play golf and was carrying clubs on his motorcycle.