One man has died, and another has been flown to a Victoria-area hospital after a serious crash near Campbell River Saturday.

RCMP say a red pickup was heading eastbound on Highway 28 from Gold River when it drove off a steep embankment at around  7 a.m. after going through a sharp curve — around 20-kilometres west of Campbell River.

A man in his 30’s died and the other who is 42-years-old was able to scramble up a cliff over the course of an hour and forty-five minutes to stop a passing motorist.

He has been flown to hospital with serious and possibly life-threatening injuries.

An air ambulance leaving the scene of the crash (Video:  Jenny Riddell)

Police suspect both men were not wearing seatbelts. Speed and alcohol are also being investigated as factors.

The section of highway has been reduced to a single alternating lane as officials continue their investigation.

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