Haunting photos reveal communities shaken by tragic crashes
BRIGHT flowers sit along the Bunya Highway among the ashes to remember those who were lost on South Burnett roads in recent weeks.
South Burnett Regional Council's Mayor, Keith Campbell, was joined by Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor George Seymour on Saturday at the site of the fatal crash which claimed the life of a Hervey Bay mum and her four small children outside Kumbia.
The two mayors stood side by side to remember Charmaine McLeod and her children Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4, and Zaidok, 2, who were killed in the crash on May 27.
"It is cruel and heart-breaking to contemplate the horrible terror the little ones were going through," Cr Campbell said.
They both placed wreaths on behalf of their councils and communities.
Cr Seymour also put down a wreath on behalf of Aaleyn and Matilda's school, Kawungan State School.
"The children are missing a friend, a young family and mum who died in an instant and left a community shaken," he said.
They also stood among the ashes of the crash site to remember all of the lives lost on Burnett roads over the past three weeks.
It was important for the two mayors to share this moment as they represented two communities who have been shaken by the recently tragic road trauma for their regions.
"It is heartbreaking for our communities with young people's lives taken in an instant, we are united in grief," Cr Seymour said.
Cr Campbell urged drivers to remember the fatal five.
"Don't ever take for granted the responsibility you have when sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle," he said.
These last few weeks have been particularly tragic with a dozen lives lost on Burnett roads over three week.
"This region has suffered through hail storms, bushfires and tornadoes and hasn't lost a life," Cr Campbell said.
Cr Campbell chose the colourful flowers to place at the crash site for the very young lives lost.