A jogger has tragically died after she was crushed by a falling tree in a Melbourne park on Monday morning. Victoria Police confirmed to Starts at 60 that the woman was struck by a tree in Parkville and was located with critical injuries at around 8:30am.
The woman was transported to hospital in a critical condition where she later died. Road closures are currently in place at the southbound lane of Royal Parade near Walker Street and Victoria Police are encouraging motorists and cyclists to avoid the area.
“Police will prepare a report for the coroner after a woman was struck by a tree in Parkville this morning,” A Victoria Police spokesperson told Starts at 60. “It is understood she was located with critical injuries about 8.30am and transported to hospital where she later died.”
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, but police said no one else was injured during the incident. Meanwhile, an Ambulance Victoria spokesperson confirmed that paramedics were called to the scene at 8.32am. 10 News First Journalist Kristina Costalos shared shocking footage of the fallen tree from the scene earlier on Monday morning.
#BREAKING: Paramedics have just confirmed a woman in her 30’s was struck by a huge tree along the Princes Park running track in Parkville. She’s in a critical condition. More to come… @10NewsFirstMelb pic.twitter.com/KkZ3UVtQ1c
— Kristina Costalos (@kcostalos) August 12, 2019
It comes just days after another woman died in Victoria after a tree crushed her family’s car amid wild weather. Angie Suryadi, who was in the front passenger seat of the car, passed away while her husband, driver Arnold Adiatiasvara, and their two sons were rushed to hospital. One of them remains in a critical condition.
The family were travelling along the Maroondah Highway in Fernshaw, north-east of Melbourne, when Victoria Police confirmed the tree blew onto their moving car. Some of Angie’s closest friends have remembered her in a heartbreaking social media post, shared by Australia for Christ Church Indonesia.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved sister Angie Suryadi,” the post read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Arnold Adiatiasvara’s family. A beautiful soul, full of love and faith, ascended to heaven, away from us, but closer to God, leaving loneliness and sadness.
“We lost a great friend, Angie was a great woman and she will be truly missed and will always be remembered. She was loved by all of us and she will be cherished in our memories forever.”
This is a breaking news story and will be updated when information is available.