A mother who died in a horrific frontal crash on the highway together with her four children is remembered as a & # 39; amazing & # 39; woman whose & # 39; children were her world & # 39 ;.
Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, died immediately on Monday evening when she overtook a truck on the Bunya Highway off Kumbia, Queensland.
Three of her children could not be rescued and died in the back seat of the station wagon of the family, while a fourth child was rushed to the hospital but died en route.
Devastated friends flooded social media with tribute to Mrs. McLeod and her children Ally, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4 and Zaidok, 2.
Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, died in a horrible frontal highway accident with her four 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 ;
It is clear that McLeod was recently divorced from the children's father, James McLeod, who was still in regular contact with the children.
Ally, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4, and Zaidok, 2, (pictured with their father James McLeod) were in the car with their mother Charmaine when they were killed
The driver of the car and her three children, all under the age of 10, were declared dead on the spot. On the photo: the wreck of the car
The truck caught fire too, but the driver, a 47-year-old man, escaped and was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
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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