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.


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.