Sweet potatoes cause Hume closure

By Benalla Ensign

North bound lanes on the Hume Freeway, near Benalla, are closed to traffic after a truck carrying a load of sweet potatoes collided with a vehicle overnight.

The freeway was scattered with the vegetable after the incident which took place before 2am this morning.

According to the Benalla police the B-double left the freeway while traveling south-bound, rolled over the median strip and collided with a vehicle traveling north bound.

The truck driver was air-lifted to Melbourne with non life-threatening injuries and the driver of the vehicle was transported to Wangaratta.

The speed limit on the south-bound lanes has been reduced past the scene.