UPDATE | Mother may have deliberately killed herself and four young children

UPDATE @ June 1 2019 | Police have confirmed investigations into a shocking head-on crash in Queensland’s South Burnett region are continuing, amid reports it may have been deliberate.

A mother and her four children, all aged six and under, died when their station wagon collided with a truck on the Bunya Highway at Kumbia, around 7.20pm on Monday.

The lack of skid marks on the road and a note reportedly found near the horrific scene have led Police to treat it as a murder-suicide.


Friends of mother Charmaine Harris McLeod have also told reporters they didn’t know why the 35-year-old had travelled so far from her home in Hervey Bay.

Her children Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4, and Zaidok, 2, also died as a result of the fiery collision.

EARLIER @ May 28 2019 | A mother and four children have tragically died, after a horrific traffic crash in the South Burnett Region.

Police say the family’s Nissan station wagon was travelling south on Bunya Highway, around 7.20pm.

It pulled out to overtake a truck, when it then collided with an oncoming truck.

Both vehicles caught fire.

The mother – a 35-year-old woman – and three children aged under 10 were pronounced dead at the scene.

Another young girl was travelling in the car, and was alive at the scene.

She was rushed to Kingaroy Hospital with life threatening injuries, then flown to the Queensland Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.

Sadly, she passed away during the flight.

The truck driver was taken to Kingaroy Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigations are still underway this morning.

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