An Australian woman killed with her four children in a car crash posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook weeks before her death.
Charmaine Harris McLeod died with her kids, Aaleyn (Ally), 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4, and Zaidok, 2, while attempting to overtake an oncoming truck on the Bunya Highway near Kumbia in South Burnett on Monday evening.
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On April 15, the 35-year-old revealed on her local church Facebook page feeling alone and abandoned after leaving a relationship.
"I feel as if, if you cant or dont grasp God/healing etc, when they think you should have then you just get left behind," she wrote.
"You would think there would be support/help, but very very little, they were always too busy, not one piece of clothing or a piece of bread was offered, let alone shelter.
"I feel as if I've done it alone... these are the things Jesus did, he ate with the less fortunate.. I've asked for prayer before surgery & yes I've had a lot of surgeries but they dont, they do for others though [sic]."
Emergency services said the accident was "catastrophic", one that would not be easily forgotten by the responders first on the scene.
Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Stephen Zsombok told News.com.au that victims were trapped inside the burning car and an attempt to save one child they had been able to work on proved unsuccessful.
"These are very seasoned officers and they've explained this as tragic, extremely traumatic with people obviously involved in the car that's caught fire," he said.
"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those people."
The children's father, James McLeod, shared his devastation in a statement on Tuesday night, according to the Courier-Mail.
"I love them very much and they will be surely [sic] missed with all of my heart," Mr McLeod said.
"They were beautiful souls and were loved by all who knew them."