The woman tragically killed in a freak accident in the Blue Mountains has been identified as mother-of-four, award-winning local paramedic, Dearne Fulcher.
Fulcher was in the passenger seat of a Volvo sedan when a 20-tonne tree fell on it on Victoria Street in Katoomba.
Her 20-year-old son Dylan was driving the pair home when a tree came toppling down, trapping them in the wreckage. Dylan remains in a serious condition, and is undergoing surgery.
“I heard a big bang like an explosion – It was unlike anything I had ever heard in my life,” witness Samantha Jones told 9News.
“I came running outside because the power went out and I saw the accident.
“The gentleman who was driving the car, his foot must have got stuck on the accelerator because the tyre was just burning out.”
NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan has since spoken out about the tragedy.
“It’s a very sad day for NSW ambulance family,” he told reporters.
“This is an incredible woman… [She] had the ability to touch patients’ lives in a way that was really quite unique.”
Fulcher had been working as a paramedic for 25 years, and even received a bravery medal for her efforts. She was also known as an animal lover, a martial arts student, and a local marathon runner.