'Lasting memory': MP's heartfelt plea after horrific crash
"IF YOU are driving on country roads drive to the conditions, every road is dangerous so we need to make sure that we're driving safely."
This is the plea of Nanango MP Deb Frecklington after a horrific crash resulted in five fatalities just outside of Kumbia in the South Burnett on Monday night.
"It is something that I'm sure it will take my community a long time to get over," she said.
"But today is really about our thoughts going out the the families involved."
A mother and her four children were killed in a fiery head-on collision between a vehicle and truck.
"My heart and thoughts go out to the families involved, this is a terrible tragedy," Ms Frecklington said.
The Nanango member said she had been in contact with the local police who had been on scene at the crash site all night.
Ms Frecklington thanked all of the first responders, the police, paramedics and emergency services, who attended the scene.
"They are doing exactly what they are trained to do, but it is very tough," she said.
"It is time like these for these country areas where we realise how hard their job really is."
She said many of the emergency services personnel had spent long hours at the scene and redirecting traffic after the Bunya Highway was closed overnight.
"I know some of them will be struggling with this, this is a memory that they will take with them for the rest of their lives."