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Tree hits car
On 12 December 2012 around 11am, local emergency crews quickly responded to a report of a single motor vehicle accident at Strangways 6 kilometres south of Newstead on a straight stretch of the Daylesford Road.
Story by Newstead brigade's Christopher Simmins
A women in her early sixties from Werona driving a 1999 Holden sedan had just picked up her elderly mother from nearby Daylesford .The day was fine and sunny and the couple were both looking forward to lunch together at Newstead .
The journey had been uneventful when, without any warning, an overhanging branch from one of the large roadside gumtrees snapped, fell and struck the vehicle just as it passed beneath.
The impact of the falling timber combined with the speed of the car smashed and pierced the windscreen. Despite being seriously injured, the driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle, safely bringing it to a stop on the roadway.
The two occupants suffered serious upper body injuries with one airlifted from the scene and the other taken by road ambulance. Trefor Prest, a first responder from Newstead brigade, said, “Initial reports on the condition of the driver and passenger were not good."
The road was blocked for approximately 60 minutes as ambulances, SES, police and fire crews worked closely together to clear the scene.