A mother who died in a fiery highway crash claimed with her four children that she had been abandoned by her church when she needed it most, just a few weeks before her tragic death.
Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, died immediately on Monday evening when she overtook a truck on the Bunya Highway off Kumbia, Queensland.
Her children Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4 and Zaidok, 2, also died in the inferno three hours away from their home in Hervey Bay.
Mrs. McLeod went to the Bayside Christian Church in Hervey Bay for 17 years every Sunday, until she left abruptly, then explained why they were in a Facebook post last month.
Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, died in a horrible frontal highway accident with her four children
Her daughters Matilda, 5 and Aaleyn, 6, died of the crash on Monday evening with their two little brothers
& # 39; I feel that if you can't comprehend or understand God / healing, when they think you should have, you just stay behind &, she wrote.
The single mother said she asked for support after her marriage failed in early 2018, but & # 39; very, very few & # 39; received.
& # 39; They were always too busy, no item of clothing or a piece of bread was offered, let alone protected … I feel like I did it alone & # 39 ;, she wrote.
& # 39; These are the things that Jesus did, he ate with the less fortunate. I asked for surgery, and yes, I have had many operations, but they don't – they do it for others. & # 39;
In the hours after Mrs. McLeod's death, friends accused the church of not helping one of her members when she cried & # 39; for help & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I hope your church thinks about this, because she is no longer there for you to help her or her children & # 39 ;, someone wrote.
A 2017 family picnic with the four children and the husband of Mrs. McLeod, James and sister Katie
& # 39; We are all very sad and suffering from this tragic loss. Charmaine was a wonderful person with four incredible children, & # 39; wrote the church
However, the church insisted that she do everything in her power to help her and that she offered many hours of support when she needed it.
& # 39; Until last week, people were in contact with Charmaine. Our door was always open to Charmaine when she needed help and that is new, & it replied.
& # 39; Unfortunately, people's lives and situations are not always black and white. We were always trying to reach Charmaine and help us as much as she would allow us. & # 39;
Bayside Church said McLeod was a personal friend of many church members who spent time with her during the week to provide support.
& # 39; We organized professional counseling for her, which she still attended regularly, we provided meals when needed, cared for her children, prayed with her many times, visited her at home, and the list goes on & # 39; she wrote.
McLeod attended the Bayside Christian Church for 17 years every Sunday (pictured) until she left abruptly and called it for a Facebook review in April
The church erected a memorial for McLeod and her children in the church and invited members to come in and pay their respects
& # 39; We will all miss them very much & # 39 ;, wrote the church on her Facebook page
& # 39; We can safely say that we could have done more, but frankly we were there for Charmaine when she needed us.
& # 39; We are all very sad and suffering from this tragic loss. Charmaine was a wonderful person with four incredible children. & # 39;
Much of the tribute to Mrs. McLeod who flooded the social media on Tuesday and Wednesday, emphasized her strong belief.
& # 39; Charmaine, you and your children brought so much joy and laughter to our church community in Bayside, praying for your family in this difficult time & someone wrote.
Mrs. McLeod also volunteered for the Youth in Search charity, which helped youth at risk – some of whom paid tribute to her after her death.
Her children (from left to right) Wyatt, 4, Aaleyn, 6, Zaidok, 2, and Matilda, 5, also died in the inferno three hours away from their home in Hervey Bay
The single mother said that early after her marriage she asked Jason McLeod (pictured with their children) early 2018 but & # 39; very, very little & # 39; received
She and her husband moved from the parental home in Howard, west of Hervey Bay, last May, and sold many assets through Facebook in the following months.
& # 39; I have had no problems at all, just for family reasons, & # 39; she wrote in a message that someone advertised to take over the lease.
Just a few days before the crash, she was looking for painting classes in Hervey Bay and surrounded her older daughter Ally.
According to police, the family drove from the Bundaberg area, about 90 minutes north of Hervey Bay.
They drove south along the Bunya Highway, about three hours from home, but it was not known where they were going.
Rescuers described the crash as & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; and one of the worst scenes they have ever been to.
Three of McLeod & # 39; s children could not be rescued and died in the back seat of the station wagon of the family, and a fourth child was rushed to the hospital, but died en route.
McLeod, 35, died immediately on Monday evening when she was raiding a truck on the Bunya Highway near Kumbia, Queensland, with her children
Deeply sad father James McLeod made a brief statement on Tuesday evening, while the city mourned their death.
& # 39; I love them very much and they will certainly be missed (sic) with all my heart & # 39 ;, he wrote.
& # 39; They were beautiful souls and loved by everyone they knew. & # 39;
Friends offered their love and support to Mr. McLeod on social media in the aftermath of the tragedy.
& # 39; James McLeod I'm here for you … sorry for your four angels, & # 39; wrote a friend.
Friends and family flooded social media with their own tribute to the family and praised her selflessness in caring for her children.
& # 39; I have never seen a single mother, let alone four give up so much for their children & # 39 ;, wrote a friend.
& # 39; I can't believe what I woke up about this. I should never have happened. I am so frightened and hurt, this is so terrible, life is so unfair & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Those children were something else that I tell you and lived like princes and princesses for their short lives they had, but there was nothing materialistic about them they were just so happy and loved and their happiness came before everything. & # 39 ;
Mrs. McLeod was remembered as remembered as a & # 39; amazing & # 39; woman whose & # 39; children were her world & # 39;
& # 39; I love them very much and they will definitely be missed (sic) with all my heart & # 39 ;, McLeod wrote
Another friend wrote: & # 39; You were always there for me when I needed a friend and you always gave me the kick-up I needed. I miss you. & # 39;
& # 39; You will always be in my heart & # 39 ;.
A neighbor, Gary Loweke, who mowed the grass in front of McLeod, said they were a friendly family and that the children often hop on the street or play with their bikes.
& # 39; It's a bloody disaster … that four kids waved at us every day as we passed, & # 39; said Mr. Loweke.
& # 39; Charmaine was friendly, she was very kind … she was very good with the children. If she were not there, her sister would be there, but she was never far from her family.
& # 39; They will be greatly missed on the street, all the houses around us had young children and they all played together.
& # 39; The smallest guy, he just sat there and when he saw you, he would get up where he was and give you the biggest wave. It's hard not to see that. & # 39;
& # 39; Those children were something else I tell you and lived like princes and princesses for their short lives they had, but there was nothing materialistic about them they were just so happy and loved and their happiness came before everything & # 39 ;, a friend said.
Rescuers described the crash as & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; and one of the worst scenes they have ever been to
According to police, McLeod appeared to be overtaking a truck when she bumped into an oncoming vehicle.
Rescuers at the crash scene described what they thought of as & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; were confronted and found it & # 39; extremely traumatic and disturbing & # 39 ;.
The McLeod truck also caught fire, but the driver, a 47-year-old man, escaped and was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
He is supposed to have burned his arms as he heroically tried to free the family from the car when it went up in flames.
Kawungan State School, in Hervey Bay, said the community & # 39; deeply shocked and sad & # 39; was by the death of the two oldest children.
& # 39; They were both happy and friendly children who will be greatly missed by all their friends and teachers, & # 39; said Chief Jones
& # 39; Our thoughts and genuine sympathies go out to the family, caregivers, friends and loved ones in this difficult time.
& # 39; Support is provided to students and staff, and counselors stay at the school to provide support in every possible way and for as long as needed. & # 39;
A local police officer told Channel 9: "It is certainly one of the worst accidents I have ever seen. It is only a tragedy for all involved. & # 39;
Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Stephen Zsombok said that paramedics have been traumatized by the scene.
Shocked and heartbroken friends in her hometown of Hervey Bay, Queensland, paid homage in the hours after the catastrophic accident
The woman, 35, drove to South Burnett, Queensland at 7:20 pm when she withdrew to catch up with a truck. On the photo: the wreck of the truck
The mother and three of her children, all younger than 10, were declared dead on the spot (photo)
& # 39; These are very experienced officers and they have described this as tragic, extremely traumatic with people who are clearly involved in the car that was set on fire, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Smoke, fire, our officers went through that dangerous scene to get to the child they could work on … Unfortunately, that child died.
& # 39; Our heart goes out to the family and friends of those people. & # 39;
The investigation is continuing and the police are expected to stay on site for hours.
The crash happened 7 km outside of Kumbia on the Bunya Highway, south of the exit for the Bunya Mountains, towards Dalby.
The crash happened 7 km outside of Kumbia on the Bunya Highway, south of the exit for the Bunya Mountains, towards Dalby. Pictured: the scene
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