Four girls have been taken to hospital after they were hit by a falling tree at a high school in southern Sydney, on the first day back at school after the summer holidays.
Fairfax Media has reported that emergency services were called to Heathcote High School, near the Royal National Park, at 1.30pm.
Police told media that the Year 12 students were sitting under a tree in the playground when the large branch fell onto them.
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Police, paramedics and fire crews treated the girls as the branch remained on top of them, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Footage taken by 7 News Sydney showed several ambulances at the scene, and emergency services workers along with teachers holding a tarpaulin to cover the students undergoing treatment.
Firefighters also had to use a chainsaw to cut the branch to pieces so the students could be freed.
The incident comes almost three years after a student was killed at a Sydney primary school by a falling tree.
Bridget Wright, eight, was killed in February 2014 at Pitt Town public school after suffering head injuries caused by a falling tree.
The accident prompted the Education Department to removed several trees from NSW schools.