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.
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.