ONE man is dead and a second man has been taken to hospital following a crash on Tresco West Road earlier this morning.
The car, which had three occupants, was travelling along the road around 7am when it swerved to avoid a fallen tree, running off the road and hitting another tree.
The man who died was a back seat passenger in the vehicle, understood to be a Mitsubishi sedan.
The driver fled the scene and police searched the area, but have yet been unable to locate him.
Paramedics, police and an air ambulance helicopter attended the scene.
Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are en route to the scene and will investigate the crash.
Anyone that may have seen or picked someone up in the area this morning is urged to speak to police.
Anyone with information, who witnessed the crash or has dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
The death is the 48th on Victorian roads in 2018.