Woman fighting for life after freak accident during stormy weather

#9News, August 10, 2021

The storms hit parts of WA’s south. Picture: Bureau of MeteorologySource:Supplied

A woman is fighting for life after she was crushed by a large tree in a freak accident during stormy weather in Western Australia’s South West region.

The 59-year-old woman was driving a Toyota HiLux utility along the Vasse-Yallingup Siding Rd near Quindalup when the tree toppled onto the roof of the vehicle about 5pm on Monday.

The woman was rushed to Busselton Health Campus, having suffered a large cut to her head and a broken jaw, police said.

She was later flown to Royal Perth Hospital where she remains in a critical condition in the intensive care unit, a spokeswoman told NCA NewsWire.

#9News, August 10, 2021

The woman is being treated at Royal Perth Hospital. Picture: Richard PoldenSource:News Limited

A strong cold front crossed the southern part of WA on Monday night, with wind gusts reaching more than 100km/h.

Bluff Knoll, which is the highest peak in the Stirling Range near Albany, even received a thin dusting of snow.

At one point during the stormy weather, several thousand homes and businesses were without power.

Almost 100 calls for assistance were also made to the State Emergency Service.

In Perth, there was some flooding seen on Riverside Drive in the CBD on Tuesday.

The City of Perth said both lanes had to be closed for some time due to water inundation.

Some people also reported hail in their backyards but the overall rainfall totals were not huge.

Take a look at Riverside Drive this morning!

Streets have been inundated from last night's wild weather. #9Newspic.twitter.com/3FIpqOqlBY

— 9News Perth (@9NewsPerth) August 10, 2021

By Tuesday evening, the weather bureau had declared the stormy weather over.

“Although gusty showers are still occurring about coastal parts of the South West land division, severe weather is now unlikely and the warning has been cancelled,” the bureau said.

Perth forecast for the rest of the week:

Wednesday: 17C, cloudy, 0-1mm

Thursday: 8-18C, shower or two, 0-1mm

Friday: 7-20C, sunny

Saturday: 9-18C, a few showers, 3-10mm

Sunday: 8-19C, partly cloudy, 0-0.4mm

Monday: 8-20C, mostly sunny

Tuesday: 9-21C, partly cloudy

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