Crash that killed mum and four kids probed as murder-suicide after note found

A horror crash that killed a mum and her four young children is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide after a note was found near the scene, according to reports.

Mum Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, was behind the wheel when her car collided head-on with an oncoming truck near Kingaroy, Australia.

The fiery crash killed her and her children Aaleyn, six, Matilda, five, Wyatt, four, and two-year-old Zaidok, and police are probing whether the mum deliberately drove into the truck's path.

A note believed to have been written by Ms McLeod was found near the scene by investigators, it was reported.

Police are now investigating whether Monday night's crash on the Bunya Highway was murder-suicide, the report by the Courier-Mail added.

Paramedics had tried to reach the mum and children as flames consumed their car.

Ms Harris, from Hervey Bay, was driving a station wagon when she attempted to overtake a vehicle and collided head-on with the oncoming truck.

The truck flipped over and both vehicles burst into flames.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has said it was possible the crash was not an accident.

It emerged after the crash that Ms McLeod had expressed feelings of despair to her local church.

She wrote in a Facebook comment on the church's Facebook page: "Honestly, I tried to fit in, I tried for 17 years.

“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.

“With nothing & 4 children, 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."

She added: “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.”

The Bayside Christian Church wrote back: “We are saddened that you feel this way and can have a Pastoral member contact you again if you need to discuss these things further. Our door is always open should you need it.”

James McLeod, the father of the four children, released a statement expressing his heartbreak over the deaths.

He said: "I love them very much and they will be surely missed with all of my heart.

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

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