It has long been said that eating carrots helps improve your eyesight.

But you would be forgiven for thinking you were seeing things if you drove the Waipahi Highway in the last 12 hours or so.

Hundreds of carrots lined the highway after a truck lost its load of vegetables.

Police said they received a report yesterday at about 12.15pm of a truck losing its load on State Highway 1 between Gore and Clinton, near the settlement of Arthurton.

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"There were a lot of carrots strewn on the road," a police spokeswoman said.

The road was closed for a short time while it was cleaned up, she said.

However motorists today said that even though the road was clear, there were still hundreds of the orange vegetables lining the highway.

And it made for an entertaining drive, with one taking a video of the bizarre sight, saying "Carrots on both sides of the road lol."

It appears a truck lost its load on State Highway 1 between Gore and Clinton. Photo / Otago Daily Times
It appears a truck lost its load on State Highway 1 between Gore and Clinton. Photo / Otago Daily Times