The RCMP are investigating a fatal accident early yesterday morning near Sheet Harbour that engulfed a car in flames and claimed the life of an 18-year-old male passenger.

Police say the single motor-vehicle accident took place around 3:48 a.m. on Highway 224 in Beaver Dam.

Police say a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire vehicle was travelling southbound toward Sheet Harbour when it came upon a sharp turn and the 19-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle went over a bank and caught fire.

Police say the driver escaped and tried to free the 18-year-old passenger but failed.

Police say the vehicle became engulfed in flames and the 18-year-old died at the scene.

Police spokesman Cpl. Joe Taplin said yesterday when fire officials arrived at the scene of the accident, the car had been fully engulfed and the victim was dead. He added it’s been determined alcohol wasn’t a factor in the crash.

The driver was taken to hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.