Three Nova Scotians were hurt in a highway crash in the U.S. early Monday.

Edward Smith was driving a 1992 Ford motor home on I-95 at 2:30 a.m. with passengers David Pierce and Stephen Daubs.

He left the highway to follow a construction detour, but apparently miscalculated and smashed through a guardrail and over a steep embankment.

Lieutenant John Cote of the Maine State Police said the Jaws of Life were used to get the two passengers out of the wreckage.

"They could have been a lot more seriously injured," he said Monday afternoon.

Cote said they suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. The men were transferred to a hospital in Bangor.

The motor home was a write-off and police needed to use a crane to get it out of the woods.

Cote said the detour has made the area more hazardous. "It’s only this summer, because the normal two-lane north-bound I-95 has been shut down in that area due to construction," he said.

He said alcohol was not a factor. "Probably just unfamiliarity with the road and excessive speed for the off-ramp, which prevented him from being able to stop," he said.