A motorcyclist was critically injured after hitting a bear in Washington County, authorities said.

The wreck occurred about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday in Scandia on southbound Hwy. 95 at 220th Street, the State Patrol said.

Romney Skarp, 62, of Otsego, Minn., was taken by emergency responders to Regions Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was in critical condition Wednesday morning, a hospital spokesman said.

Lt. Gordon Shank said the bear ran out in front of Skarp, who hit the animal and lost control of his motorcycle.

Shank had no information on the fate of the bear.

Skarp was not wearing a helmet at the time, the patrol said.