AustraliaTruck driver who witnessed crash where mother and her four children died in suspected murder-suicide says she was NOT overtaking when she drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle
Four children, mother die after car 'incinerated' in Queensland crash
The ages and genders of the children were yet to be confirmed. The mother was aged in her 30s. The truck driver was taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries and shock. #BREAKING: There are fears that several children have died after a fiery crash north-west of Brisbane. #9Newspic.twitter.com/dJkAmRsGjI— Nine News Gold Coast (@9NewsGoldCoast) May 27, 2019 The Bunya Highway was expected to remain closed for most of Tuesday. More to come.
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A truck driver who who was traveling behind a mother when her car crashed, killing herself and her four children, says she was not overtaking when she ended up on the wrong side of the road.
Ms McLeod, 35, and her children Wyatt, 4, Aaleyn, 6, Zaidok, 2, and Matilda, 5, died on the Bunya Highway near Kingaroy, north-west of Brisbane, last Monday night in what police described as a possible murder suicide.
The crash was witnessed by only two people - the driver of the truck traveling behind her, and the driver of the truck slammed into at high speed.
Mother and her four children killed in head-on crash near Kingaroy in Queensland
A head-on collision involving a car and truck claims the lives of 35-year-old Charmaine Harris McLeod and her four children, on the Bunya Highway near Kingaroy, north-west of Brisbane. © Provided by ABC News The four McLeod children died as a result of the car crash near Kingaroy. Queensland police said the crash happened when a Nissan station wagon being driven by Charmaine Harris McLeod tried to overtake a truck on the Bunya Highway at Kumbia, just before 7:30pm on Monday.The car and oncoming truck collided before both vehicles burst into flames.
As police continue to probe the horrific crash, the driver of the truck travelling directly behind Ms McLeod has revealed what he witnessed.
The driver, named Mark, posted on social media about the crash because he said he wanted Ms McLeod's family to know the facts.
'I must clear something up that is unfair on this poor family,' Mark wrote.
'This poor mother was not overtaking me, absolutely nothing in my witness statement suggests she was overtaking me.
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'I was right behind her and although I won't discuss anything I saw with anyone other than the detective in charge, I will not let this family think she overtook me dangerously. She did not. Fact.'
Police said Ms McLeod was overtaking a truck on a crest in the road, when she slammed head on into an oncoming vehicle, about 7.30pm that night.
But Mark said Ms McLeod had overtaken him some distance back, without incident. although he would not go into detail about what he saw next.
'It's just not right that the families who are going through hell will spend the rest of their lives thinking those kids died because their mother overtook dangerously,' he said.
'I can't talk about the impact in front of me, but I can say she overtook me very safely.
'What happened in front of me few dozen metres later is up to the experts to determine.'
Specialist detectives have been called in to investigate the death of Ms McLeod and her children, with police revealing there were no skidmarks on the road, and a handwritten note reportedly found just 200 metres from the crash site.
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Meanwhile, a friend of Ms McLeod has said she was in the process of moving when her life was cut short.
In an emotional farewell to her close friend, the woman wrote: 'The night you all grew your wings was meant to be your fresh start.'
'No one knows exactly what happened and why it happened but it happened and your fresh start ended so quickly.
'Thank you for your support and thank you for your chats. Will be forever grateful.'
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart confirmed last week the crash was 'absolutely' being investigated as a homicide.
He said homicide detectives were working the case as 'there is a potential that there was an intention for someone to die'.
Commissioner Stewart said it may take some time to uncover what caused the crash and, for the time being, the deaths haven't been added to the national road toll.
Superintendent Dave Johnson previously said officers were looking at the case from 'all angles' to determine the exact causative factors.
Handwritten note found near scene of crash that killed mother and her four children
"There is a potential that there was an intention for someone to die."
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A funeral service for the five family members is expected to be held later this week.
Family of mother, 35, killed in 'murder-suicide' crash with her four children will donate $5,000 each to the truck drivers involved 'for their efforts' trying to rescue the mum and kids.
Charmaine McLeod, 35, was killed along with her children Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4 and Zaidok, 2, when her car collided head-on with a truck on a Queensland highway.
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