A Springtown man and woman were seriously injured Sunday morning when they laid their motorcycle down to avoid hitting barricades on Farm Road 730 north of Decatur.
Randall and Danni Carwile, both 31, were traveling south on FM 730 with two other motorcycles when they topped the hill at County Road 2175 about 10:30 a.m.
“They topped the hill, encountered the barricades and laid the bike down,” Department of Public Safety Trooper William Wallace said. “Their speed has yet to be determined.”
The Carwiles were the third motorcycle in a group of three.
Randy Finch of Springtown was driving the first bike with his wife, Beth, a passenger. He said the detour signs were a surprise as they came over the hill.
“They really need to move those to the other side of the hill,” Beth Finch said. “It’s behind the road where you turn.”
The orange detour sign and barricades are immediately south of the detour route on CR 2175. Trooper Wallace said there is a white “road closed sign” just north of CR 2175, but the Finches said they did not see it.
Randy Finch said he saw the detour sign and barricades as they came over the hill, but it was too late to turn. He veered to the right and was able to avoid hitting the barricades.
Finch’s brother, Danny Finch, was driving the second motorcycle, and he, too, ran off the road to avoid a collision. Danny Finch is also Danni Carwile’s father. No one on the first two bikes were injured.
Trooper Wallace did not know the extent of the Carwiles’ injuries, but they were both flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Neither were wearing helmets.
This stretch of 730 has been closed since heavy rainfall earlier this year damaged the bridge.
On July 17, Public Information Officer Natalie Galindo with the Texas Department of Transportation said there was no estimated completion date for the bridge repair work.
“Due to the amount of rain we received, it has washed out parts of the bridge, which in turn makes the bridge not safe,” she said via email. “We are in the process of an emergency contract ….”