A WOMAN has died and a man in his 70s is in hospital after a crash on the Midland Highway near Benalla this afternoon.
Police said the driver, a man in his 70s, lost control of a sedan as he was travelling south on the highway at Lima South about midday.
The sedan left the road and collided with a tree in a ditch.
Police said the female passenger in the car died at the scene and a man in his 70s was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition.
The deceased is yet to be formally identified.
Police said the sedan was the only car involved.
Investigators are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.