Air lifted

James Holloway of Lindsay was taken by air ambulance to Dallas Methodist Hospital following his motorcycle accident just south of the entrance ramp from California Street on southbound I-35 Thursday afternoon about 1:30 p.m.

Photo by Pamela Robinson
Gainesville Daily Register

A Lindsay man was airlifted to a Dallas hospital Thursday after crashing his motorcycle into the barrier that divides the north and southbound lanes of Interstate 35.

Police said James Holloway, 24, was headed south on I-35 around 1:30 p.m. when he took a right hand curve about half a mile south of Gainesville’s California Street exit.

According to a police report, Holloway was traveling at an unsafe speed and lost control of his blue 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle and struck the concrete wall dividing the highway.

A witness told police that after hitting the wall, Holloway traveled a few hundred feet before being thrown off his bike and landing on the ground. The bike then traveled an additional several hundred feet.

When emergency response crews arrived, they found Holloway in the left lane of I-35 South. Traffic was temporarily halted while Cooke County EMS, Gainesville Fire Department, Texas Highway Patrol and Gainesville Police worked to move Holloway to a safe location and re-open the interstate.

Holloway was taken by ambulance to the Gainesville High School parking lot where he was later airlifted to Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Troopers said that Holloway was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

“He was wearing a helmet, but he was also wearing shorts and a tee shirt,” said Public Information Officer Mark Tackett of the Texas Highway Patrol.

Police are not sure where Holloway entered the highway, but said they received reports he was traveling on US Highway 82 shortly before the crash.

As of this morning, hospital staff at Methodist Dallas said Holloway was not listed as a patient.

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