Mother of two dies in front of her husband and young sons in crash on Moonie Highway, Western Down

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Mother who had to swerve to miss an animal dies in front of her two young sons and husband – who desperately pulled her from their Mitsubishi and tried to resuscitate her at the scene of a car accident

  • Mitsubishi Triton dual-cab rolled into Queensland’s Western Downs on Wednesday
  • Mother Died After Swerving To Avoid An Animal On The Moonie Highway
  • Husband pulled her from wreckage and desperately performed CPR
  • Sons aged six and nine watched tragedy unfold with huskies
  • Vehicle rolled several times before hitting a tree with great impact impact

A mother of two has died after her family rolled in with her husband and two young sons as she waved off to dodge an animal on a rural highway.

The 48-year-old’s husband pulled her from the wreckage of their Mitsubishi Triton double cab on Wednesday morning and performed CPR, but she could not be rescued.

The family from Western Australia appeared to be on holiday when the tragic accident happened on the Moonie Highway in Queensland’s Western Downs.

The woman, her husband, sons, ages six and nine, and two huskies were in the van towing a trailer when it rolled several times before hitting a tree.

A Western Australian mother has died in front of her two young children and husband after swerving to avoid an animal on a rural highway

A Western Australian mother has died in front of her two young children and husband after swerving to avoid an animal on a rural highway

The impact of the collision sent their belongings flung onto the highway, carrying luggage, a skateboard, scooters, bicycles and camping gear among the wreckage.

Tara Police Acting Officer Sergeant Murray Sanewski said the initial investigation indicated an animal had caused the female driver to swerve.

He said it was likely that the woman from Dalyellup, two hours south of Perth, would have died in the collision. The courier post reported.

“The car swerved and rolled, the trailer came loose and the car continued to roll four or five times before coming to a stop and crashing into a tree,” he said.

The woman’s 46-year-old partner pulled her from the wreckage and performed CPR until emergency services arrived.

First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, but she sadly died on the spot, while her husband and two sons were airlifted to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment.

The man suffered a neck injury from the crash, while the two boys were treated for minor cuts.

Sergeant Sanewski said that while there were no witnesses to the crash, passing drivers stopped to look after the boys and their dogs.

The family was traveling on the Moonie Highway (pictured) in Queensland's Western Downs when an animal crashed the vehicle Wednesday morning.

The family was traveling on the Moonie Highway (pictured) in the Western Downs of Queensland when an animal crashed the vehicle on Wednesday morning.

The family was traveling on the Moonie Highway (pictured) in Queensland’s Western Downs when an animal crashed the vehicle Wednesday morning.

He urged drivers to remain vigilant on the road, with a death toll of more than 100 in the first half of 2021, the worst statistic in decades.

“It’s better to get somewhere than to get nowhere – now we have two children who no longer have their mother,” he said.

“Traffic signs are there for a reason: people have to obey the speed limit, signs, conditions and their options, with respect for what is going on around them.”

First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, but she sadly died on the spot, with her husband and two sons flying to Toowoomba Hospital (pictured) for treatment

First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, but she sadly died on the spot, with her husband and two sons flying to Toowoomba Hospital (pictured) for treatment

First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, but she sadly died on the spot, with her husband and two sons flying to Toowoomba Hospital (pictured) for treatment

The crash site – five miles west of Moonie – closed off the major highway for up to four hours, while other vehicles had to come to a stop.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services organized to take the family’s two huskies to a local shelter to be cared for.

The Queensland Forensic Crash Unit is calling on all drivers with dashcam footage of the crash or the white Mitsubishi utility to contact police.

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