On 8 March 2019, three people died after a tree fell on their car in Kallista, south-east of Melbourne. The vehicle, carrying five occupants, veered off Sherbrooke Road after being struck by the tree near Owen Street.
Authorities reported two men and a woman died at the scene and a toddler was flown to the Royal Children's Hospital in a critical condition. The child's condition later improved to stable. Another woman was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital by road in a stable condition.
Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing, Libby Murphy, said Sunday's accident was a 'complete tragedy'.
"We normally see speed or distraction or those sorts of things [or] alcohol [and] drugs being involved in collisions, but on this particular occasion it's none of those things," Murphy said. "It's people who are just going for a drive on a Sunday afternoon on a long weekend, obviously enjoying the surroundings and a terrible thing has happened to them."
In the past few years, the Yarra Ranges area has seen a run of injuries and deaths caused by falling trees and branches. Just in July last year, a father and son were killed after a gum tree fell on their car as they travelled in Yarra Ranges Shire towards Sherbrooke.
Other incidents that have occurred since last year include:
The latest incident brings the state's road toll to 50, seven fewer than the same time last year.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a falling tree branch, you should consult with a specialist public liability lawyer right away. The experienced team at Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers can help. Contact them for a free consultation today.