A WOMAN in her 70s was killed at Lima South near Benalla yesterday when the car she was travelling in crashed.
She was a passenger in a car driven by a man, also in his 70s, both of them from Mansfield.
Their vehicle crashed on the Midland Highway about midday and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The man was taken by helicopter to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne in a serious condition.
Benalla highway patrol officer Sen-Constable Rochelle Maher said the pair were travelling north on the highway when the car left the road on a straight part of an S-bend.
No other cars were involved, she said.
Sen-Constable Maher said the car went down an embankment and crashed into a tree, with the passenger side of the car bearing most of the force of the collision.
The woman died at the scene.
Sen-Constable Maher said those living nearby had heard the sound of the crash and alerted emergency services.
A police investigator would focus on why the car left the road.
Benalla police, together with personnel from the Country Fire Authority brigades and State Emergency Service volunteers attended the scene.
Sen-Constable Maher said the incident served as a reminder for drivers to remain alert at all times, particularly in the school-holiday period.
“We’re asking drivers to plan ahead and take extra care, especially with extra traffic on the road during school holiday time,” she said.
Witnesses should phone Benalla police on (03) 5762 1811.