MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A motorcyclist is in critical condition after he collided with a deer early Monday morning in central Minnesota.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 12:45 a.m. in Bethel, on the 24200 block of University Avenue Northeast. First responders found the 41-year-old motorcyclist lying in the middle of the road.

A medical helicopter brought the man, who was conscious, to Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis for treatment. He was listed in critical condition.

Investigators say the motorcyclist, from Isanti, was not wearing a helmet and crashed with a deer in the road.