A man is lucky to be alive after he crashed his vehicle while riding in the backcountry west of Sundre.

A 56-year-old man was riding with a group of friends near the Pine Needle Creek area when his off highway vehicle rolled, landing on top of him.

He was severely injured as a result and needed to be extracted from the remote location by rescue crews which included Sundre Fire and Rescue, Kananaskis Public Safety, Alpine Helicopters, Sundre Search and Rescue, and Alberta Health Services.

The victim was then taken to Foothills Hospital by STARS Air Ambulance.

Officials say the crash was due to steep terrain in the area and credits the man’s quick rescue due to his experience with back country riding and being properly equipped.