Two men who were buckled in when their Jeep crashed early Saturday in Fredericton are fortunate to be alive, RCMP say.

The crash happened off Highway 8 near Hanwell Road just after midnight.

RCMP Sgt. Scott Patterson said the Jeep merged onto Highway 8, lost control and crossed the median, and then went over a guard rail.

It ended up down a 10-metre embankment.

"Seatbelts definitely save both these individuals' lives," Patterson told CBC News.

"We believe the vehicle rolled. And where it's an open-topped Jeep, they would have been ejected for sure."

Emergency crews pulled the men out of the Jeep.

Patterson said the men were taken to Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.