A WOMAN, 70, was in a critical condition last night after her car careered off Plunketts Road west of Wodonga as dusk fell.
Her car landed on a nature strip beside the Hume Freeway and hit a tree.
Emergency services worked for more than an hour to free the injured woman from her white RAV4.
She was trapped by the legs but was conscious and breathing, a Country Fire Authority officer said.
The woman was taken to the Albury hospital about 7.15pm.
She was said to be in a stable but critical condition.
She had been alone in the vehicle.
Police said the woman was driving towards Wodonga about 6pm when she appeared to have lost control.
Her vehicle plunged over the guard-rail and onto the freeway reserve.
Ambulance and State Emergency Service crews also attended, working by torchlight as dusk turned to night.
The driver-side and boot doors could be seen discarded on the roadside, torn off as crews cut through the car to reach the woman.
Constable Ben Ryan said it was unclear at this stage how the woman had lost control.
Police would make further inquiries.