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Two critically injured after their motorcycle hits a deer


Two people were critically injured after the motorcycle they were riding on hit a deer Sunday night.

48-year-old Charles Dwight Conklin of Riesel and 55-year-old Lynn Anderson Harris of Bellmead were injured after their motorcycle struck a deer on North Highway 36 near State School Road in Gatesville.

According to Gatesville PD, the crash happened about 9:10 p.m. Sunday night. A 2008 Harley Davidson Motorcycle operated by Conklin was heading southbound on Highway 36 when a herd of deer crossed in front of him. Lynn Harris was a passenger on the motorcycle.

Conklin and Harris were both ejected from the motorcycle after hitting one of the deer. Neither was wearing a helmet.

The motorcycle slid into the northbound lane and was hit by a 2001 Peterbilt truck pulling a trailer that was loaded with cattle. The truck went off the road and overturned, but did not hit Conklin or Harris.

The driver of the truck was not seriously injured, but six head of cattle were killed and some escaped.

Conklin and Harris were both transported to Scott & White Hospital in Temple with head injuries and broken bones. Highway 36 was closed at the accident location for several hours.

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