FALLBROOK, Calif. -- High winds toppled multiple trees in Fallbrook Friday, seriously injuring a motorcyclist and blocking roadways.
Around 2:10 p.m., a tree fell onto a passing motorcyclist near West Elder Street and South Mission Road, according to North County Fire Protection District officials. The rider was flown by helicopter to Palomar Medical Center to be treated for life-threatening head injuries.
California Highway Patrol officials say the man is a 41-year-old Vista resident who was riding a 2013 Harley Davidson Soft Tail. As of late Friday, he was still listed in critical condition.
"Lights flashing red, white and blue. Lights everywhere. There were so many vehicles and it was very congested and it looked like something really bad had happened," neighbor Alexis Spence told FOX 5.
The roadway was affected for approximately one and a half hours during the investigation.
The combination of strong winds and soil softened by recent rains knocked down two other tall trees in the community Friday -- one near Olive Hill and Aqua Hill roads and one near De Luz and Patton Oak roads. County crews worked for several hours to clear the blocked roadways.
Fire officials reminded drivers to be cautious on roadways near large trees and to park cars an adequate distance from trees that could fall.
Anyone who witnessed the accident involving the motorcyclist is encouraged to contact California Highway Patrol at 858-637-3800.