| 12.08,19. 02:33 PM |
Woman killed by falling tree in Melbourne's Princes Park
A woman has died after being crushed by a century-old tree while walking down a major road in Melbourne's inner-north.
Emergency crews located the woman, believed to be in her 30s, after they were called to Princes Park in Parkville about 8.30am.
The woman was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she later died.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Photos from the scene show one of the large elm trees that line Royal Parade uprooted and lying across the footpath.
The City of Melbourne said the tree was planted in 1913 and was one of 3000 Elms on the city's tree register.
"All our trees are inspected at least every two years and we are currently ascertaining when this tree was last inspected," Chief Executive officer Justin Hanney said.
"The City of Melbourne is working closely with authorities to assist in investigating the fatal incident that occurred at Princes Park this morning," he said.
"Our arborists are on-site and all trees in the immediate vicinity will be re-assessed for safety as a matter of priority.
The National Trust lists the trees as being historically significant.
One southbound lane on Royal Parade remains closed near Walker Street, and motorists and cyclists have been asked to avoid the area.
The incident comes after Australia's southeast endured blizzard conditions, dangerous winds and snow falls.
A mother was killed on Friday when her family's car was crushed by a falling tree on the Black Spur road in the Yarra Ranges.
Ange Suryadi, 41, died at the scene while her husband, Arnold Aditiasvara, 41, and their two sons Oliver and Jonathan, aged four and five were rushed to hospital.
Mr Aditiasvara has since stabilised while Oliver remains in a critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery.