Hero truck driver tried to save mum and four kids from burning car

So sad

Content Editor / May 28 2019

As tributes pour in for a mother and her four children who tragically died on Monday night after an horrific crash, emergency services commended the hero truckie who tried to save them.

Charmaine Harris McLeod was driving with her four children in the car when she tried to overtake a truck, and instantly collided with another truck on the Bunya Highway in Queensland.

Both the car and truck burst into flames, however the truck driver managed to escape and attempted to pull Ms McLeod and her children from the wreckage.

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Sadly, Ms McLeod and three of her children died on the scene. A fourth child was brought to hospital but died soon after.

Emergency services personnel commended the driver for his actions.

“The truck driver actually had burns to his arms and we believe that's from trying to help as well,” said Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Stephen Zsombok.



James McLeod, the father of Aaleyn, six, Matilda, five, Wyatt, four, and Zaidok, two, released a statement on Tuesday evening.

“I love them very much and they will be surely (sic) missed with all of my heart,” he wrote.

“They were beautiful souls and were loved by all who knew them.”

Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.

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