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Third accident reported Tuesday; two sent to hospitals


Larry Ray Smith of Bowie was eastbound on a late model Honda motorcycle Tuesday afternoon, when he lost control on the wet pavement and landed in a ditch. The wreck was the second in southeast Clay County in just over an hour.

Wet roads were a factor in two of three accidents reported on local highways Tuesday. Two of the accidents occurred a little more than an hour, both in southeast Clay County. The third happened a few hours later, near Jolly.

Driver Brent Spray, 51, of Wichita Falls, was northbound on Hwy. 287 near the Jolly overpass Tuesday night when he lost control of a 2003 Ford Explorer pickup. The vehicle came to a rest against a cable barricade dividing the north and southbound lanes of traffic.

Spray and a passenger, Jeff McCalister, 45, of Wichita Falls, were not injured in the accident.

The two men are basketball officials, and were on their way to Wichita Falls following high school games at Forestburg ISD in Montague County.

One person was evacuated by helicopter Tuesday afternoon following a one vehicle accident on Hwy. 287 north of Bellevue when the driver half-ton pickup, registered to Shaw Plumbing of Bowie, ran off the road and into a pasture. The vehicle was southbound.

The accident, reported at about 3:25 p.m., is believed to have been caused by a medical condition. The driver’s name was not immediately available. He was transported to Bowie Memorial Hospital.

At about 4:30 p.m., a second accident was reported on FM 174, just east of Four Corners near Edd Williams Road, involving a 2008 Honda VTX 1300 motorcycle.

Larry Ray Smith, 64, of Bowie, was traveling east on FM 174 when he lost control of the motorcycle on the wet pavement. The motorcycle skid off the road and landed at the mouth of a culvert.

Smith was taken to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls by ambulance.

According to DPS Trooper Zach Ward, Smith, who participates as a Patriot Guard Rider, was returning home from a funeral when he was caught in the rain.

Rains moved into the area Tuesday morning. By Wednesday afternoon, 3.1 inches of rain had fallen in Henrietta.


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