Camper killed by falling tree branch in Healesville

A camper has been tragically killed by a tree branch that crashed onto his tent early on Saturday morning in Healesville, north-east of Melbourne.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was in a tent at the BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park on Don Road when the tree branch fell on him shortly before 6am. He was the only person in the tent at the time.

He died at the scene.

A man has tragically died after a tree branch fell on his tent in Healesville.Credit:Nine News

“No other people were injured during the incident,” a police spokeswoman said.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Emergency services at the BIG4 caravan park on Saturday morning.Credit:Nine News

Last year, three people were killed by falling trees or branches when a cold front brought intense winds to Victoria on August 27.

Four-year-old Ayan Kapoor was the youngest of the three people killed that Thursday night when he was walking with his father and younger sister near their Blackburn South home, in Melbourne’s east, about 6pm

About the same time, a 59-year-old Tecoma man was driving out of a shopping centre car park in Belgrave when a tree fell and crushed his car at the intersection of Terrys Avenue and Ena Road. He later died.

And a Parkdale woman, 36, was in the passenger seat of a ute travelling on the Maroondah Highway in Fernshaw when it was struck by a falling tree about an hour later. She died at the scene.

In August 2019, associate professor Allison Milner, a 36-year-old mother of two from Reservoir, was fatally crushed when a tree collapsed on her on Royal Parade bordering Princes Park in Parkville in Melbourne’s inner-north.

More to come.

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