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A motorist traveling on Zimmerman Trail in Billings early Sunday morning spotted a motorcycle leaning against the guardrail with its light on and the key in the ignition.

The motorcycle rider had apparently hit the guardrail around 3 a.m. and went over the edge where he crawled into the yard of a resident below on Leeann Boulevard. 

Billings Police officers responded at 3:27 a.m. to the motorcycle about halfway up Zimmerman Trail, according to a Police Sgt. Bret Becker.

It wasn’t clear at first why the motorcycle had been abandoned, police said. “The motorcycle was upright and had little to no damage to it," Becker said.

Officers tried to contact the motorcycle’s owner by telephone and at his address with no success, police said.

During a search of the steep hill below the motorcycle, officers found evidence that a person was seriously injured and widened their search of the area.

A 25-year-old Billings man was found sometime later where he had crawled into the yard of a home. He was transported to an area hospital where he was listed Sunday morning in critical condition, Becker said.

The Billings Police Department Crash Investigation Team is investigating the incident. Alcohol is believed to be a factor, the sergeant said.

Zimmerman Trail re-opened to traffic before 8 a.m.