GATESVILLE (August 19, 2013)--A Riesel man and a Bellmead woman were both seriously injured Sunday night when the motorcycle they were riding struck a deer along a state highway in Gatesville.
Gatesville police Chief Nathan Gholke said the motorcycle driver, Charles Dwight Conklin, 48, of Riesel, and his passenger, Lynn Anderson Harris, 55, of Bellmead, both were taken to Scott & White Hospital, in Temple, with what he described as incapacitating injuries.
Police, fire and EMS units were sent at around 9:10 p.m. to the 1900 block of State Highway 36, near State School Road, after a caller reported that a motorcycle had hit a deer.
Both riders, neither of whom was wearing a helmet, were thrown from the bike and the force of the collision caused the 2008 Harley Davidson to slide into the opposite lane of the highway where it was struck by a northbound Peterbilt 18-wheeler.
The truck, which was loaded with cattle, then skidded into a roadside ditch and overturned.
Six cattle were killed in the crash and several escaped but were soon recaptured.
The truck driver, Kevin Westmoreland, 41, of Cuero, received minor injuries, but did not require hospitalization, Gholke said.
A Department of Public Safety trooper also responded to the scene to help with traffic control because the highway was closed for several hours while crews cleared it of debris.