Biker killed by freak tree fall
IN what appears to be a freakish act of nature, a 38-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree on the Pacific Highway south of Grafton yesterday.
The woman was riding her Triumph motorcycle northwards behind her boyfriend shortly before noon when the accident happened at Glenugie about two kilometres south of the Wooli turnoff.
A motorist who spoke to the boyfriend immediately after the tragedy said the man had been speaking to his partner via two-way radio moments before the crash and heard her cry out.
Police said the tree came down on the woman, causing her to suffer significant head and other injuries. She died at the scene.
Her motorbike was found 70 metres down the highway.
The woman's boyfriend, who was riding a short distance ahead of her, was not hurt.
One motorist attempted to help the woman and was seen embracing and passing his condolences to the woman's devastated partner.
Another motorist, who works for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, said the root system of the dead eucalyptus tree would have been unstable due to recent high rainfall.
Police, ambulance and RTA staff attended the scene and the highway was closed in both directions for about 90 minutes.
Police could not confirm where the woman was from but said her relatives lived in Queensland.
Police will prepare a report for the NSW Coroner.