A Sulphur Springs man died Sunday as a result of a motorcycle crash on County Road 4771. In a separate wreck Saturday, a motorcycle rider had to be flown from FM 1870 to Tyler for head trauma sustained in that crash.
The fatality crash was reported to emergency dispatchers around 1:30 p.m. Sunday as a major motorcycle crash. Hopkins County, Peerless and North Hopkins firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched at 1:34 p.m. to County Road 4771.
Dustin Dow Clements, 21, of Sulphur Springs was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup.
Clements was traveling south on CR 4771 when the motorcycle veered to the right and ended up in the bar ditch. The bike struck three metal fence posts and a tree, splitting the motorcycle in half and killing the driver, according to the accident report by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Cary Barnett.
Crews remained at the location until after 3:30 p.m. Sunday, investigating the crash and clearing the location, according to sheriff’s reports.
The other wreck was reported just before 8 p.m. Saturday.
Hopkins County and Brinker firefighters, along with deputies, troopers and EMS crews, were dispatched at 7:54 p.m. to FM 1870 off of State Highway 11 east in Thermo to a motorcycle wreck.
A man and woman were reported to be traveling on a “crotch rocket” with a group of motorcycle riders who’d participated in a fundraising bike ride earlier in the day in Sulphur Springs when the crash occurred.
The woman reportedly sustained minor injuries, including a scraped limb, but was noted on sheriff’s reports to be “OK.” The driver reportedly was thrown from the bike and sustained serious head trauma, according to reports from the scene.
A medical helicopter was landed in Thermo near the crash scene and the man was flown to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler to be treated for his head injuries, according to sheriff’s reports.
No further information about the Thermo crash, including the injured man’s name or condition, was available Monday morning. Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers Bill Reese and Trent Price were in charge of the accident investigation.
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