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Mum and four children killed in 'catastrophic' Queensland crash

Mum and four children killed in 'catastrophic' Queensland crash”

A woman and four children have died in a fiery head-on crash south of the Queensland town of Kingaroy.

She was later flown to Queensland Children's Hospital in a critical condition but died during the flight.

It's understood McLeod, who lived in Hervey Bay, had recently separated from McLeod, but he was still in regular contact with the children.

"They were handsome souls and were loved by all who knew them".

Another friend wrote: 'You were always there for me when i need a friend and you always gave me the kick up the butt I needed.

Estranged father James McLeod mourned the loss of Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4, and Zaidok, 2, in a heart-wrenching statement Tuesday evening.

Friends offered their love and support to McLeod on social media. A fourth child died a short time later on the way to hospital.

Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, and her children Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4, and Zaidok, 2, were killed when she was overtaking a vehicle and slammed into an oncoming truck about 200km north of Brisbane on the Bunya Highway on Monday night.

Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Stephen Zsombok said paramedics faced a daunting scene, with victims trapped inside the burning vehicle.

The driver of the truck, a 47-year-old man, was taken to Kingaroy Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

"It's certainly one of the worst accidents I've ever seen", he told Channel 9. It's just a tragedy for everyone involved'.

James McLeod pictured with his children who were all killed in a auto crash near Kumbia in Queensland.

"There was a lot of fire and smoke around the scene which made it very hard to get to", Steve Zsombok Assistant Commissioner for Darling Downs told media on Tuesday morning.

Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Stephen Zsombok said paramedics were traumatised by the scene. Unfortunately that child died.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those people and the officers with the job they actually faced last night".

The crash occurred on the Bunya Highway, north-west of Brisbane. Police remain on the scene as investigations continue.



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