A MURWILLUMBAH ambulance officer has been killed in a freak farm accident on his day off.
Mark Thomas, who was also prominent in community groups including the Tweed and District Sporting Shooters Association, died instantly when he was struck in the chest by a tree branch while driving a tractor.
Mr Thomas, 50, had been an ambulance officer nearly all his working life, joining the service in 1977 and working for that time from Murwillumbah.
His work colleagues were called to attend the fatal accidents about 12.30pm on Tuesday.
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