Three people were treated in hospital late Wednesday, after a car and a pickup truck collided on the Southern Shore highway, in an incident that shut down the road for hours. 

The collision happened around 7:20 p.m. Thursday at the bridge near LaManche Provincial Park. 

Police said it appears that a truck hit the railing of the bridge, overturned and then collided with the car. 

RCMP said three men in the pickup truck had suffered "very serious injuries," with two of them removed from the vehicle by crews using the Jaws of Life. The men remain in hospital in stable condition.

Bridge near LeManche

The RCMP say three men in a pickup truck had to be removed using the Jaws of Life, following a serious accident near LeManche Provincial Park. (Todd O'Brien/CBC)

Meanwhile, there are questions about the condition of the bridge.  

RCMP Cpl. Tracy Horwood said the bridge is hazardous and drivers usually slow down to cross it.

"We know that that bridge is in terrible condition. You know the surface of that bridge, like many bridges in Newfoundland after the winter, they kind of get a bit of a beating, right? But I can't say that was a mitigating factor in the accident, we don't really know that at this point," Horwood told the CBC's Cecil Haire on Thursday. 

Emergency crews worked into the early hours on Thursday to clean up debris caused by the collision. RCMP did not reopen the highway, which connects a string of communities between St. John's and Trepassey, until shortly before 2 a.m.

Police warned motorists on Thursday morning to keep an eye for debris that might have been missed in the overnight cleanup.