Woman hit by fallen tree on Royal Parade in Melbourne. Picture: Andrew Tauber
Woman hit by fallen tree on Royal Parade in Melbourne. Picture: Andrew Tauber

Woman crushed by uprooted tree

A woman has died after being struck by a falling tree in a freak accident in Melbourne's inner-north.

The woman, believed to be a jogger aged in her 30s, was crushed in Princes Park in Parkville just after 8.30am today.

She was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital but died from her injuries a short time later.

The local council has since confirmed the tree that fell is a 106-year-old English Elm.

Photos of the scene show an enormous tree uprooted and sprawled across a footpath near Royal Parade.

Emergency services assess a tree that fell in Melbourne, killing a woman. Picture: Andrew Tauber
Emergency services assess a tree that fell in Melbourne, killing a woman. Picture: Andrew Tauber
A woman has died after a 106-year-old tree fell in Melbourne. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Pockett
A woman has died after a 106-year-old tree fell in Melbourne. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Pockett

Emergency services have covered a section of the tree with a blue tarpaulin and taped off sections of the park while road closures are also in place.

City of Melbourne chief executive Justin Hanney said the council is working closely with authorities to assist in the investigation around the fatal incident.

"Our arborists are on-site and all trees in the immediate vicinity will be re-assessed for safety as a matter of priority," Mr Hanney said in a statement.

"The fallen tree is an English Elm that was planted in 1913. It is one of 3000 Elms and one of 77,000 trees on our tree register.

"All our trees are inspected at least every two years and we are currently ascertaining when this tree was last inspected.

"Most importantly, our thoughts are with the deceased and their family and friends at this time."

Firefighters are also assessing the scene and police are taking statements from witnesses.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast for Melbourne today is south to southwesterly winds 15 to 20 km/h increasing to 25 km/h then turning westerly this afternoon.

A male cyclist speaks to police after a woman was hit and killed by a tree in Melbourne. Picture: Andrew Tauber
A male cyclist speaks to police after a woman was hit and killed by a tree in Melbourne. Picture: Andrew Tauber

The fatal treefall is the second to happen in Victoria in four days.

Angie Suryadi, 41, was killed when a tree fell on her family's moving car along the Black Spur highway in Fernshaw on Friday morning, The Herald Sun reports.

The family had been travelling to Lake Mountain for a snow trip to celebrate the 41st birthday of Ms Suryadi's husband, Arnold Adiatiasvara.

Angie Suryadi, 41, was killed when a tree fell on her family’s car in Victoria on Friday. Picture: Facebook
Angie Suryadi, 41, was killed when a tree fell on her family’s car in Victoria on Friday. Picture: Facebook