Falling tree limb misses couple … but kills dog

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Danger from above ... Red River Gums have a habit of dropping limbs

If grey nomads ever needed a reminder about the potential danger posed by gum trees, the horrific experience of an elderly couple in Echuca this morning should be just that.

The pair was walking in the Victorian town’s Aquatic Reserve when a large limb from a River Red Gum fell right next to them, killing their dog.

“It was fortunate that people were around the area, heard the couple’s cries, attended to assist and called an ambulance,” Campaspe Shire council’s chief executive, Jason Russell, told the Riverine Herald.

“We understand the couple were visitors to the region and staff have, later this morning, visited the couple to offer assistance.”

Council has reported the incident to relevant authorities and will work with them in conducting their investigations.

It is by certainly not the first gum tree horror to affect travellers. Early last month a man on a camping trip was killed when a large gum tree fell on him Conondale National Park west of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

And back in 2013, a grey nomad couple had a miraculous escape when a gum tree fell on their 4WD and their caravan as they were driving along Glenelg Highway in Victoria.

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