Friday, 17th June, 2011
A former local woman was seriously injured in a car crash that claimed the life of her three young children and husband in South Australia's southeast on Wednesday afternoon.
The three boys, aged one, two and nine, were killed along with Scott Jackson when the family's Commodore wagon collided with another car on the Riddoch Highway about 2km north of Padthaway.
Mr Jackson, who was 39, was the father of the oldest of the three boys, Alex, Aubert and Jack. Their mother, 36-year-old Stacey, who was driving the vehicle, was seriously injured and taken to Flinders Medical Centre, according to the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper.
The occupants of a second car, a 54-year-old woman driver and her 55-year-old male passenger, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The accident happened about 3pm. According to The Advertiser, the impact of the crash almost tore off the rear section of the Jackson's wagon which burst into flames.
The Jacksons had moved to Keith from Broken Hill. The Advertiser said Scott had recently taken a job at a Northern Territory mine and was home on a rostered break, while Stacey worked as a receptionist at the Keith Motor Inn.
The accident sparked a wave of sympathy with dozens of people posting comments on the Adelaide Now website.
One person posted: "So tragic, may they all rest in peace. Sympathy to families and friends. Will we ever understand why."
Superintendent Trevor Twilley told reporters at the scene of the crash near Padthaway overnight that it was a tragedy.
"The loss of any life on our road is a tragedy but when it involves young children it's even more heart wrenching," he said.
It was the largest lost of life in a crash on South Australian roads since January 12 last year. BDT/AAP