Two people seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on State Route 67 in Lakeside over the weekend remained hospitalized Tuesday while friends continue to collect donations to aid in their recovery.
On Saturday, at around 2:20 p.m., a couple riding a motorcycle on southbound SR-67 near West Foster Truck Trail and Vigilante Road crashed on the freeway.
The California Highway Patrol said both riders were injured.
Officials temporarily shut down the southbound lanes of SR-67 immediately following the crash while emergency crews tended to victims and CHP crews secured the scene and gathered evidence.
Crews from Heartland Fire and Rescue requested assistance from Mercy Air to transport the patients involved in the crash to the hospital.
By 3 p.m., only one southbound lane remained closed. By 4 p.m., the scene was nearly clear and the freeway had almost fully reopened, except for part of one lane where the accident happened, which remained blocked off.
Details on the accident and the condition of those involved were not immediately released.
A sign that read "Watch Downhill Speed" (see photo below) was posted near the site of the crash and appeared to be badly damaged, though it's unclear if the sign was damaged in this specific accident.
Friends have set up an online fund for the couple to help their families cover their mounting medical expenses from injuries sustained in the crash.
According to the fund website, the male victim is currently on life support and paralyzed from the neck down, while the woman has undergone surgery to reconstruct her legs, which were both broken in the accident. She also suffered a pelvic injury and collapsed lung.
As of Tuesday evening, the fund had collected more than $25,000. The ultimate goal is to collect $100,000 for the couple. To donate, click here.