LARGE-screen televisions were a casualty of an early morning truck crash on the Hume Freeway yesterday.
A semi-trailer travelling south between Chiltern and Springhurst crashed when overtaking a car about 2.25am.
The truck’s driver, a Benalla man, 52, walked away without serious injury. His load of big-screen televisions was salvaged from his overturned rig.
It was unclear how much damage was done to the Samsung-branded LED and Smart televisions which were tossed about in the crash.
Police said the truck had mounted the median strip as the driver was overtaking and he had then over-corrected.
The truck then ran off the left side of the road and rolled.
Police said the truck driver was assisting them with inquiries.
The crash blocked one lane of the freeway until late morning. The speed on the second lane was reduced to 40 km/h.
Heavy-haulage gear from Melbourne started clearing the freeway at 7am and the CFA mopped up a small diesel leak.
The freeway’s north-bound lane near Holbrook was closed for several hours early yesterday after a truck crash about 8.15.
A B-double, travelling north at 40km/h toward Woomargama Gap, was struck from behind by a semi travelling at about 100km/h.
The impact forced the semi-trailer from the road, damaged the B-double’s air brakes and they locked up.
The coupling between the trailers snapped but there was no further harm as the B-double stopped on the road.
The drivers escaped with minor injuries and were treated on scene by an ambulance crew.
The semi-trailer was towed from the scene with major damage to the prime mover.
Defect notices were issued and police are still making inquiries.
Albury acting Inspector Lewis Gary said the cause of the accident was most likely due to driver fatigue.
“Police urge motorists to avoid fatigue and stop, revive, survive,” he said.