Two motorcyclists were injured Friday, one seriously, in a wreck on Highway 74 in Mountain Center.

The crash happened shortly before 5 p.m. just west of the mountain community, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Riverside County Fire Department crews were investigating a separate non-injury accident involving a sedan that plunged down an embankment when the motorcycles went down a few miles away, according to reports from the scene. Details on the sedan crash were not immediately available.

Firefighters proceeded to the motorcycle wreck and found one rider critically injured and another with minor injuries, officials said.

An emergency airlift was requested for the rider with major injuries, while the second man declined medical attention, according to the fire department.

Crews established a makeshift landing zone adjacent to the highway for the Mercy Air helicopter, which was expected to arrive by 5:45 p.m.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes on the 74 remained open.

CHP officers were investigating the cause of the crash .

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