Former Cache County Sheriff Lynn Nelson was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Texas on Saturday while on a tour of the entire continental United States, according to his Facebook page.
“I was 7 states in on my 48 states when I crashed my bike on I-40 north of Amarillo, TX. Crushed 2 vertebrae! Surgery Sunday morning,” a message posted by Nelson said.
Later messages on the Facebook page — apparently written by a friend or family member — said the former sheriff was scheduled for surgery on Sunday, but this was reportedly cancelled due to an equipment problem.
Although the Texas Highway Patrol has yet to release a report on the accident, one post described the situation this way:
“Just spoke to the trooper that is handling the crash. He said there was significant wind that day, and a witness stated that after Lynn passed them he drifted into the median, rode for a bit trying to get the bike back into the road before crashing. He suspected he rolled/slid down the median for 80-100 feet. He was able to dump a lot of speed while in the median so he did not crash at full highway speed. The bike ended up partially in the roadway of the opposite direction.”
Nelson was said to be initially unconscious after the wreck, and the call went out as a fatal accident on emergency dispatch. But Nelson regained consciousness at the scene.
Nelson had a long career with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office and was appointed to the top job in 1997 to replace Sid Groll. He was elected by voters in 1998 and served for 16 years before being ousted as a candidate for re-election in the 2014 Cache Republican convention.