WARNER SPRINGS (CNS) - Traffic on state Route 79 was backed up about half a mile Saturday following a motorcycle crash near Warner Springs, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At 11:22 a.m. a motorcycle rider was reportedly down in the middle of the roadway, with what appeared to be head trauma and officers reported the rider was to be airlifted to a hospital, according to the CHP website.

The highway was closed at 11:44 a.m. north of Fink Road, and firefighters stepped in to control traffic in one lane about 20 minutes later, CHP officers reported.