A 52-year-old truck driver is in a serious condition after a truck crash near Laceby on Monday night.
The male from NSW was taken to hospital in the early hours on Tuesday morning with serious injuries.
His 22-year-old male passenger was asleep in the sleeper cabin at the time of the incident and received minor injuries.
The B-double removal truck, fully loaded with furniture, was travelling south along the Hume Freeway when the driver veered off the road into the trees just before midnight, with the front passenger side receiving the brunt of the impact.
The southbound lane was closed for several hours and the speed limit reduced to 40 kph while emergency services attended the incident scene.
Sergeant Michael Connors of Wangaratta Highway Patrol said police were continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
“We’ve discounted speed as a factor and we’re looking at fatigue, alcohol or drugs,” Sgt Connors said yesterday.