A Tuesday morning collision near the hamlet of Bragg Creek has claimed the life of a 27-year-old man.

Shortly before 5:00 a.m., a Saturn Vue SUV travelling northbound on Wintergreen Rd. left the road and struck a tree.

The force of the impact ejected the driver, the lone occupant of the SUV, from the vehicle. The unidentified male, a 27-year-old Bragg Creek resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

RCMP continue to investigate but speed is believed to have contributed to the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Cochrane RCMP detachment 403-851-8000.