A motorcycle accident on Hwy. 287 approximately three miles northwest of Henrietta Wednesday morning was the first in a number of wrecks that would keep Clay County emergency personnel busy throughout the day.
Kyle Nelson, 23, of Indiana, was traveling north on a Suzuki near the Little Wichita River bridge when a bedroll strapped behind the seat of the bike became entangled in the rear wheal, causing the rider to lose control. The one vehicle accident was first reported at 9:45 a.m. as a collision between a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer.
The accident backed up traffic in the northbound lanes of Hwy. 287, causing a second accident involving three vehicles.
Alan Kent Johnson, 47, of Denton, was traveling north in a 2009 Chevrolet pickup registered to Retork Controls of Houston, when he struck the rear of a 2010 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Betty Jean Snodgrass, 47, of Decatur.
The impact pushed Snodgrass’ car into the back of a tractor-trailer driven by Calvin Jones, Jr., 59, of Dallas. Jones was driving a 2007 Freightliner registered to Bestway Transportation of Palmer.
The second accident was reported at about 10:15 a.m.
Snodgrass and Nelson were transported by ambulance to Clay County Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Both northbound lanes were reopened at 11:24 a.m.
An accident was reported on Hwy. 79 in Dean at about the same time. Information on the accident, investigated by a trooper from the Wichita Falls DPS office, was not available as of Wednesday night.
At 2:05 p.m., a two-vehicle accident was reported on Hwy. 287 near Jolly. Two people were evacuated with injuries.
Haskell Harrison, 77, of Petrolia was attempting to turn onto Hwy. 287 north from a crossover in a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria when his vehicle was struck in the passenger’s side by a 2000 Mitsubishi Gallant, driven by Crystal Marino, 19, of Denton.
Harrison’s wife, Samie Harrison, 73, and Marino were taken to United Regional hospital in Wichita Falls. Samie Harrison was taken by helicopter, while Marino was transported by ambulance.
According to Trooper Zach Ward, Harrison said he pulled up to the yield sign and waited while another vehicle passed, but did not see the car driven by Marino.