Six kids dead, teen driver charged, in horror week on Queensland roads

Ten other people have been killed on Queensland’s roads this week in a horror streak before an annual safety initiative, Fatality Free Friday.


Paramedics were called to the truck-filled industrial lot, about 165 kilometres north-west of Toowoomba, with reports of a vehicle and pedestrian crash after the boy was hit about 10.45am.

A family friend, who preferred not to be identified, said the family was «utterly devastated».

Police Superintendent Dave Johnson said the fatalities were absolutely tragic and must stop.

The teenage driver was stable in the Queensland Children’s Hospital on Thursday when he was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and failing to stop for a red traffic light.


The 10-year-old girl was also charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

A mother, 26, and her four children who were in the second car, escaped serious injury.

Superintendent Johnson said on Thursday he was concerned about underage drivers and people overloading cars.

«It’s telling us the choices that drivers make behind the wheel are not the smartest choices,» he said.

«The decisions they are taking at times are putting their lives and the lives of others at risk.»

The worst of the crashes happened south of Kingaroy on Monday, when mother Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, and her children Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4, and Zaidok, 2, died when their car hit an oncoming truck.

The station wagon and truck burst into flames upon impact in Kumbia.

The station wagon and truck burst into flames upon impact in Kumbia. Credit:Nine News

In another fatal accident involving a truck in the same area on Wednesday, a 62-year-old man’s ute collided with a prime mover.

On Tuesday, a man, 20, died in Bundaberg when his car hit a tree.

On Wednesday night, an 86-year-old man died at Lake Eacham in Queensland’s far north when his car hit an oncoming truck.

A Glenmorgan man, 78, was killed when he swerved to avoid a kangaroo and slammed into a tree on Tuesday.


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