This is what we all fear. I don't care about broken glass. This is why you have insurance. * Print * ShareThis A woman was killed while walking to work Wednesday 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 8 a.m. local time 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 at 8:12 a.m. but the woman died instantly. It was initially thought a mower blade caused the fatal injuries. A distraught witness described the tragic event as a "freak accident.