Two people were injured Monday, one seriously, when a motor home slammed into a tree on Highway 79 east of Temecula, requiring a full closure of the corridor.
The wreck happened about 4:40 p.m. on the eastbound side of the highway at Anza road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The RV veered off of the two-lane highway and impacted the tree at an unknown speed, the CHP reported. No other vehicles were involved.
Riverside County Fire Department crews reached the location minutes later and extricated the two occupants, one of whom was critically injured, and the other with moderate injuries, according to officials at the scene.
The parties weren’t identified.
CHP officers shut down both sides of the highway between Anza and Meadows Parkway to accommodate a Reach Air helicopter that was summoned to transport the victim with the most significant injuries to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.
The helicopter landed on the highway and immediately departed with the patient at 5:40 p.m. The other injured party was taken by ambulance to the same hospital.
Both sides of the 79 were slated to be reopened by 7 p.m., following a preliminary CHP investigation and removal of the wreckage.