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Boy pulls sister from car after crash which killed their mum

Siblings Tannah and Lucy Kennard survived a crash which killed their mother.
Siblings Tannah and Lucy Kennard survived a crash which killed their mother. Gillgrace Photography

EMERGENCY services are hailing Tannah Kennard, 8, a hero after he bravely pulled his young sister from the twisted wreckage of the family car after a crash which claimed the life of their mother.

Moments after the crash, young Tannah struggled from the vehicle before turning his attention to his sister Lucy Kennard, 4, freeing her from the seat in which she was trapped.

The brave young boy then flagged down passing motorists alerting them to horrific crash.

Their mother, Niomie Leigh Kennard, 31, was killed instantly in the crash.

The family had been travelling from their home in Wyreema to Cunnamulla to visit Mrs Kennard's mother Helen Burrell when the crash occurred about eight kilometres north of St George on the Moonie Highway shortly before 9am Sunday.

Mrs Kennard, who attended Warwick State High School, is survived by her husband Owen Kennard.

Her distraught parents, Brian and Juleen Conroy, said through the tragedy of losing their daughter they had taken comfort in knowing she would live on through her children.

"Right now we just want to make sure Owen and the kids are taken care of," Mrs Conroy said.

"They are great kids and they are a credit to her.

"Niomie was full of life and everyone who knows her will know that," she said.

 

Wyreema woman Niomie Leigh Kennard, 31, was killed in a crash on the Moonie Highway near St.George at the weekend.
Wyreema woman Niomie Leigh Kennard, 31, was killed in a crash on the Moonie Highway near St.George at the weekend. Contributed

Southern Region Traffic Coordinator Inspector Bruce Dimond said initial investigations into the crash revealed driver distraction could have played a factor.

 

"For some reason the vehicle has driven on the dirt shoulder of the highway before veering across both lanes and hitting the dirt shoulder on the opposite side of the road," Inspector Dimond said.

"The vehicle then rolled several times."

A Queensland Ambulance spokesman told The Chronicle the accident scene was very confronting for emergency service personnel.

"It is never pleasant going to a scene where young children have lost a parent," he said.

"It was a pretty horrific scene.

"It was not pleasant for all involved," he said

The crash at the weekend brings the region's road toll to 19 - eight more than this time last year.

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