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Woman Dead, Child Critical After Gum Tree Falls On Moving Car

A woman has died and a child has suffered life-threatening injuries after a gum tree crushed their car on a Victorian highway on Friday morning.

Police said the vehicle, carrying four people, was travelling along the Maroondah Highway in Fernshaw in rural Victoria when the tree fell on their car just after 9:30 am.

A woman, who has not yet been formally identified, and was the front passenger in the vehicle, died at the scene after being trapped in the wreckage for some time.

Emergency services responding to the scene were able to rescue three others, including a male driver and two children, from inside the car.

One of the two children, a four-year-old has been airlifted to hospital where they remain in a critical condition.

10 News First understands the male driver who was also airlifted to hospital in a critical condition is now stable.

The second child, a five-year-old who was also taken to hospital, was uninjured.

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The tragic incident came as wild winds battered parts of the state on Friday with winds strengthening in Melbourne before sunrises.

The strongest gusts were felt in Cape Otway, at 120 kilometres an hour, while Frankson in Melbourne recorded gusts of 95 km/h, just before 9 am.

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