Two children rushed to hospital after tree crushes car in Yarra Ranges

| 09.08,19. 05:04 PM |

Two children rushed to hospital after tree crushes car in Yarra Ranges

Two children have been rushed to hospital, one in a critical condition, after the car they were in was crushed by a large tree in Victoria's Yarra Ranges.

The child, who has suffered serious head injuries, is being taken to the Royal Children's Hospital by air, while the other is in a stable condition and is being taken to hospital by road.

Another male passenger has been flown to the Alfred Hospital with serious injuries.

Emergency services were called to Maroondah Highway at Fernshaw when a tree came down onto a car at about 9.40am.

Paramedics told 9News four people are being treated on the Black Spur, a road that runs between the towns of Healesville and Narbethong and is a popular winter route to the Victorian ski resort of Mt Buller.

Three of the four people are believed to have serious injuries with two air ambulance helicopters sent to the scene.

The Black Spur is home to the largest flowering tree in the world - the Mountain Ash.

The Maroondah Highway is closed through the 'Black Spur', between Healesville and Narbethong with drivers told to seek an alternate route.

Ferocious winds sweeping through Victoria have brought down trees with rough seas snapping the end of a pier in Melbourne's south-east.

The State Emergency Service has received 424 calls for help across Victoria in 24 hours, with the Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast bearing the brunt of the damage on Friday morning.

Ferocious seas claimed Frankston's pier, with videos posted to social media showing part of it floating away.

A spokeswoman for the SES said Melbourne's southeast was currently experiencing high tides and wind gusts of 90 to 100km/h.

"What's left of the pier is still copping an absolute pummelling at the moment," the Department of Transport's Chris Miller told 3AW radio.

A severe weather warning remains in place for the damaging winds for most of the state, as gusts hit 120km/h.

"Be aware of potential hazards caused by the severe weather. Hazards include damaged buildings, trees down, fallen power lines, debris and coastal erosion," the warning reads.

Winds are expected to ease from about 9am in Melbourne and midday in eastern Victoria, with rain to follow.

Blizzard conditions are expected across alpine areas, with snow expected above 500 metres and flurries possible for the Dandenong Ranges.

Icy temperatures are also set to continue across the state, with Melbourne headed for a top of 11C - but strong winds will make it feel much colder.

Elsewhere across Victoria, Ballarat is forecast to reach just 7C and Mount Dandenong 4C.


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