Three people killed by falling tree in Kallista Melbourne

Date: May 08, 2020

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.

A complete tragedy

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."

Just another falling tree in Victoria

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:

  • December 20: Irish nurse Mary Ellen Molloy died after a tree fell onto the Uber she was travelling in on Kings Way, South Melbourne.
  • Mid-July: 64-year-old man crushed to death by a tree on a farm in Yarrawalla, Melbourne.
  • August 9: Angie Suryadi, a mother of two, was killed after a tree fell on her car on the Black Spur Highway.
  • August 12: Professor Allison Milner died when a Royal Parade elm fell on her while she was walking to work.
  • August 20: A 52-year-old mother from Lysterfield and her 10-year-old daughter escaped death after a tree branch crushed their car on the Belgrave-Gembrook Road.
  • November 12: Three primary school-aged girls were taken to hospital after being hit by a falling branch in Parkdale.

The latest incident brings the state's road toll to 50, seven fewer than the same time last year.

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