Driver killed after tree falls across highway

A DRIVER has tragically died after a tree fell on top of his car on a highway in Melbourne’s northeast.

Police said a man was driving west along the Warburton Highway at Lilydale when a large tree fell across the road and onto his Holden Commodore just before 11am on Friday.

Sadly, police confirmed the 33-year-old man from Wandin North died at the scene. He was the only person travelling in the car.


A spokesperson for the Country Fire Authority told The Age the tree was “very large”.

The tragedy comes as wild winds lash Victoria, bringing down trees and power lines across the state.

A severe weather warning for destructive winds was issued for Victoria overnight, as a vigorous cold front sweeps the southern state.

The weather bureau has warned of 90km/h winds with peak gusts in excess of 125km in some areas.

Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Warrnambool, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne.

Read the warning in full, here.

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