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The driver of the car missed the curve, and the vehicle crashed down a hill into the trees below. (Lake Louise RCMP)

RCMP in Lake Louise are investigating a fatal crash early this morning on Moraine Lake Road, near the Paradise Creek trailhead.

The 29-year-old driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.   

The passenger was taken by ambulance to hospital in Banff with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

Their vehicle did not make a curve and went over the embankment, crashing into the trees below.

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RCMP and emergency personnel investigate the scene of the fatal crash. (Lake Louise RCMP)

RCMP Corp. Jeff Campbell said the 28-year-old passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, called for help from his cell phone around 4 a.m. MT.

"Unfortunately, due to the area, and him not knowing where he was, that took us some time to locate him, and unfortunately we couldn’t get a GPS coordinate from the cell phone," said Campbell.

Campbell said the crash site was found about two hours later by a Lake Louise Fire department patrol. A Parks Canada Mountain Safety team was also called in.

RCMP said both men are from Lake Louise but names are being withheld until the families can be notified.