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|Deacan Patrick James Atkinson||4|
|Bryce Onyx Atkinson||4|
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|Jade Sydney Atkinson||3|
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|My Heart Is Breaking||1|
|Missing My Son||1|
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Why am i feeling so down for at the moment? i have been a blubbering mess since Saturday,
The more i try to stay strong the weaker i feel and the bigger mess i seem to be,
I am normally quite a strong person, and i am always there for anyone who needs me,
though at the moment i am feeling alone, empty, weak and fragile…. I know i have a lot of friends on facebook and family around that i can talk to if need be, though i still feel alone, i feel like everything i touch seems to fall apart
FATAL CRASH: On the scene of the crash at Tara. Image: Channel Nine Source: Supplied
THE Darling Downs town of Tara is in shock after four locals were killed in a single-car crash over the weekend, with another man recovering in hospital.
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown said the deaths had rocked Tara, a town of about 820 residents.
“It’s extremely sad, particularly for a small community like Tara,” he said.
“Our region is a very close-knit family. Everyone knows everyone.
“Our thoughts are with the people and families involved.”
A passing motorist found the wreckage of the vehicle on Bennett School Rd about 8.15pm on Saturday and rang 000.
The car was split in half in what police described as a “horrific scene”.
Emergency services found two men, aged 26 and 39, and two women dead at the scene.
They transported one passenger, 48-year-old Steve Cook, by ambulance to the Tara Hospital before flying him to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where he was in a serious but stable condition last night.
His injuries included multiple fractures to his legs, with one so bad surgeons had to ampuate a foot.
Carol Maree Otto, 43, was one of the women killed in the crash.
She had two sons, aged 17 and 14, by her former husband.
Ms Otto’s father, Merv, told Channel 9 last night he was shocked by news of the accident. “A father doesn’t expect his children to go before him,” he said.
Facebook memorial pages have already sprung up with tributes to two of the dead, “Brad” and “Wendy”.
Another man named Cameron is believed to be the fourth victim.
Cr Brown said Bennett School Rd was not a known trouble spot.
The car was found close to where at least one of the victims lived.
“The police have (indicated) that speed was a factor,” he said.
Cr Brown urged motorists to be particularly cautious on all rural roads.
“Across the whole region any loss of life is always a sad time, but to have this number of people, obviously from different families, is of great concern as it affects so many,” he said.
The state’s road toll for the year as of midnight on Thursday was 180, up 15 from the same time the year before.
The four fatalities brought the toll for the week to seven.
In another incident, a 59-year-old motorcyclist died in a collision with a car about 30km east of Normanton on Normanton-Croydon Rd on Wednesday.
Last Tuesday, a 66-year-old female cyclist died following a crash with a car at a roundabout on the intersection of Pelican Water Boulevard and Sir Joseph Banks Drive at Pelican Waters and a 37-year-old Inala woman died in a two-vehicle collision on Muriel Ave in Moorooka.
Isaac Stace afraid of the dark died in caravan after father Steve Stace lit a candle in caravan at Melinga near Taree
- By Richard Noone and Clementine Cuneo
- The Daily Telegraph
- January 30, 2012 12:00AM
- Little boy, 5, tragically killed in caravan fire
- Death a “kick in the guts” for beautiful family
- “It happened so quickly, it’s just such a shame”
Five year old Isaac Stace died in a fire-ravaged caravan at a property near Taree, NSW, after his father lit a candle. Picture: Adam Ward
A FIVE-year-old boy died in a caravan fire after his father lit a candle so his son wouldn’t be afraid of the dark.
Steven Stace had only recently moved to a property at Melinga, near Taree, with his wife and three children and they were sleeping in a caravan until they could build a new house.
The 41-year-old put his son Isaac to bed about 7pm on Saturday after lighting a candle because the caravan had no electricity and joined his wife, the couple’s baby and their oldest son in an old dairy they had converted into a kitchen and lounge about 30m away.
Inspector Neil Stephens said about two hours later, while the family was watching TV, the father saw flames coming from the van.
“The little boy was worried about the darkness so his dad left a burning candle for him in the caravan so that he’d have some light,” Insp Stephens said.
“He tried to put the blaze out with a bucket and water.
“At this point, the best explanation we have is the candle caused the fire.”
Taree detectives and crime scene specialists examined the charred remains of the caravan yesterday. A report will be prepared for the coroner.
But Insp Stephens said police were treating the little boy’s death as simply a “terrible accident”.
A charred pram and a few other items were all that remained yesterday inside the gutted caravan.
A Rural Fire Service spokeswoman said the volunteer crews, mostly local farmers, were offered counselling.
Webb Bros Taree livestock sale yards will hold a minute’s silence before their first auction this morning in tribute to Isaac and his parents.
Auctioneer Dave Callaughan said they were “a beautiful family” who had recently bought and sold sheep and calves as their fledgling farm was getting off the ground.
“This just feels a kick in the guts,” he said.
“They’d only moved from out west (NSW) and they were doing it a bit tough.
“I’ve spoken to Steve and he’s just devastated as you can imagine, he doesn’t want to talk to anyone. They are just the nicest couple you could imagine.”
Isaac was due to start school today.
Neighbour Heidi Hamming said the blond-haired boy would always wave and say hello when the family collected their mail from the end of Innes Lane.
“He was always smiling, just a happy little kid,” she said. “It’s just such a shame.
“The first we knew of it fire trucks and ambulances and police cars were rushing up the lane.
“We took coffee up to the police about 4am and the fire started back up but the officer put it out with an extinguisher. It happened so quickly, you just don’t expect something like that so close to home.”
Mrs Hamming’s daughter Montana, 8, picked flowers yesterday and put them on the Staces’ letterbox.
Everything finally came to crunch point last night, everything was left stewing for long enough and Daniel and I had it out with each other, we had a massive argument, we both said some very hurtful thing, and some of them i can honestly say i am not sorry for as they needed to be said,
One thing that Daniel said to me that did really hurt was that the only part of a wife i am is on paper (or something along the lines of that) a lot of home truths came out last night on both accounts and I’m pretty sure both of us didnt like them
Daniel told me to get my keys and get in the car and leave, though i told him i wasn’t leaving with out the kids and he told me i was not taking them any where, though i am not leaving with out my children, i have fought hammer and tongs for those kids and i am not leaving or going any where with out and I would honestly like to see someone try and keep my kids away from me,
I’m guessing things have come to an end now, I’m sick of trying and i am sick of putting up with crap and feeling alone, and also feeling like i am nothing but a door mat,
I told Daniel that last night and yet again he told me to leave then, and once again i said i am not leaving with out my children,
Those children are everything to me, they are the reason i get out of bed in the morning sometime literally why i get out of bed, i know that they can be very stubborn and make me so angry at times though i love them and i would go to hell and back for them, they are my everything, they are the reason why i am breathing, they are the reason i wake up each morning, and they are the reason i continue on each day
I am not going to let anyone and i mean anyone take them away from me, they are my children, i held them in my body, i cared for them, i am the one who sat beside their besides every day when they were in hospital through the good times and the bad times, I am the one who tried their hardest to stay strong for them and tell them that everything was going to be ok, they are my children and no one is taking them away from me
maybe its time to come to terms with he fact that its over and we are only together now for the kids sake
I seriously feel like turning my back on God, and loosing all faith,
As he has seemed to have done it to me,
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