Woman killed in freak lawnmower accident

An Australian woman has died after her head was cut off in a freak lawnmower accident as she walked to work...

A woman was killed while walking to work after she was struck in the head by a flying piece of steel in a freak lawnmowing accident in north Queensland, Australia.

The 42-year-old was walking along a path in Townsville, just after 8am local time yesterday, when she was hit by the piece of pipe, the Townsville Bulletin reported.

It is thought that a slasher, a tool used to clear bushes and grassland, being towed by a small tractor ran over the pipe, which had been hidden in long grass. The tractor was mowing a vacant block next to a Liquor Land bottle store and was believed to be operated by a private contractor.

An ambulance was called but the woman died instantly. A distraught witness described the tragic event as a ‘freak accident.’

Darren Randall, a local policeman who attended the scene, told the Townsville Bulletin: ‘She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She just happened to be in the exact trajectory of the pipe.’

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