The nation has been in shock over the last few days as police make further discoveries in the horrific car crash in Queensland which killed a mum and her four young children.

Charmaine McLeod, aged 35, was killed when her car had a head-on collision with a truck on 27 May on the Bunya Highway near Kumbia in Queensland. Her four children, who were passengers in the vehicle, also died.

As reported in the Daily Mail, the distraught sister of the victim, Katie Harris, has begun selling off her family’s possessions.

Ms Harris was advertising a number of items including a toy car, four children’s bikes, mattresses, CDs and a $100 dining table.

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She has said to have been very close to the deceased children and has posted a number of messages and photos on her facebook page.

Earlier this week, she posted a photo of the four children smiling happily, with the message: ‘I miss them so much’.


Separate Funerals

Ms McLeod’s ex-husband James McLeod has revealed she and the children will have separate funerals. However these have not yet been arranged.

Police have reported that the accident is being treated as a suspected murder-suicide and they suspect the mum intentionally veered her car into the oncoming truck coming from the opposite side of the highway.

Investigators have allegedly found a handwritten note 200m from the scene that may be a clue to solving the case.

Treated As A Homicide

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has said the incident was being investigated as a homicide.

He confirmed homicide detectives were working the case as ‘there is a potential that there was an intention for someone to die’.

It has been reported that there were no signs of skid marks along the side of the road where Ms McLeod’s car crashed into the truck.

Truck Driver Speaks Out

The crash was originally believed to be an accident as she overtook a truck. However, the driver of the truck has confirmed that this is not so.

The truck driver has posted on social media:
‘I must clear something up that is unfair on this poor family,’ he wrote.

‘This poor mother was not overtaking me, absolutely nothing in my witness statement suggests she was overtaking me.

‘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.’

He added that Ms McLeod had overtaken him some distance back, without incident.

‘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.’

Lost and Alone

Ms McLeod had reportedly posted comments in online support groups about issues in her life and about feeling ‘lost and alone’.

The driver of the truck that Ms McLeod’s car slammed into, has survived. His truck caught on fire as result of the impact but he was taken to hospital for treatment. He suffered burns to his arms after trying to free the family from the burning wreckage.

Commissioner Stewart said the cause of the crash may still take time to determine.

Such a sad sad story. Leave your comments below.

  • No words for this tragedy. RIP little ones


  • So heartbreaking.
    The poor members of the family and the poor truck driver who will have to live with this


  • This is such a tragedy for everyone. The family left behind, the truck driver who will live with this forever, through no fault of his own. Just so sad.


  • What a tragedy. As a mother myself I can’t understand why anyone would do this. I understand people feeling depression but killing your children is such a selfish act.


  • Such a sad loss of lives. Not meaning to sound heartless but I do hope this was an honest accident and not a murder/suicide. My deepest sympathy to the family members left behind and also to the 2 men who were involved and witnessed the scene. God bless you both for trying to help.


  • As an accident , it was a terrible tragedy ; as a deliberate act , I just can’t find the right words . Deepest sympathy to James McLeod , the truck driver that was hit and the driver following who saw it all happen. Those two blokes are going to carry that sight to their graves no matter how long they live.


  • If one is in a dark place it is easy to try to contemplate leaving this earth by killing through driving into something – mine was a tree – never would I have ever wanted to involve another person. I feel so sorry for this poor truck driver she had a head on collision with. He will always wonder if there was something he could have done differently. I also feel sorry for her children.


  • Absolutely heartbreaking. For the mother to resort to this she must have been going through a rough time to say the least. God bless their souls and may they all rest in peace.


  • So very tragic my heart goes out to everyone involved


  • Those poor babies – so tragic for them, their father, and the extended family. RIP


  • This is such a tragic story, my heart aches for those left behind


  • A very sad story. May they all rest in peace.
    I wonder what the motivation is behind the seperate funerals ?


  • A terrible thing each way you look. The truck driver who was hit has to know get over the horror plus his injuries. The loss of his wages place stress for his family. Those young children their lives have been shortened and I hope that they did not suffer at all. Hopefully if this was a murder/sudicide she had drugged the children and they were sleeping.


  • When someone is in deep depression they often think the way out is to kill themselves and because they will no longer be there for their children then the best outcome is to make sure they are not around either. This is such a sorry scenario, but many will understand where I am coming from.


  • This really is truely upsetting. The kids did not deserve it


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