A couple are distraught after their car carrying the family of six plunged into a dam, killing their two eldest children.
The parents have been named as Dylan Wadley and Mel Martin, who survived the horror with five-week old baby daughter, Hope, and their one-year-old infant son, Ace.
Tragically Mel’s 13-year-old son Leo, and four-year-old daughter Mia, did not survive the traumatic accident despite desperate attempts by Dylan to open the car.
The family had been travelling back home in Pratten, Australia, from Pimpama on Sunday afternoon.
At around 2pm their car broke through a road barrier and plummeted down an embankment, flipping upside down into the water.
The car was submerged in the damn, however miraculously the couple along with their two youngest kids survived.
Dylan and Mel are stable and received treatment for leg and pelvic injuries.
Their son, Ace, remains in critical condition, and daughter, Hope, is stable, reports News.com.au.
Locals took to social media to share their tributes and express their condolences.
“There needs to be an overhaul of that road. Been many fatalities over the years … RIP little ones,” Sue Clarke wrote on Facebook.
“It is extremely sad to hear. However whoever designed the road and markings in particular needs to have their head examined … you can legally pass when you can’t see but can’t pass when you can,” Tracey Maguire wrote.
Inspector Douglas McDonald said after the vehicle skidded, “it came to rest on its roof in a semi-submerged position.”
“Unfortunately, those two children (who died) were trapped in the vehicle longer than the other occupants.
“There was some difficulty getting some of the doors open to the vehicle," he added.
Tributes have poured in for Leo, who was a student at Warwick State High School.
His school released a statement, principal Joy Craig wrote. “Ours thoughts and sincere sympathies go out to their family, caregivers, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”
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