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Dangerous day on the Lyell Highway

A TOURIST has died and another person has been flown to hospital in two separate incidents on the Lyell Highway today. The incidents occurred on a day of high winds throughout much of the state which resulted in trees falling on a number of roads.

Tasmania Police advise that a 70-year-old Queensland man died after being struck by a falling branch at Tarraleah this morning. Police and emergency services were called to the scene on the Lyell Hwy at about 8.10am, following reports a person had been injured.

“He was provided medical treatment at the scene, but sadly did not survive his injuries,” a police spokesperson said. “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and loved ones. A report will be prepared for the coroner.”

At 1.30pm police advised that they were are at the scene of a separate incident on the Lyell Hwy near Mt Arrowsmith, beyond Derwent Bridge, where one person was reportedly trapped as a result of a single-vehicle crash.  

That person was flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital in the Westpac rescue helicopter for medical treatment and police said the injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening. As at 4pm police remained on the scene and were investigating the crash.

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