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16 NATION THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V2 Emergency crews face scene of pure horror ELISE WILLIAMS Bus driver still in shock THE driver who picked up a boy from his home and later discovered his small body inside a minibus could hold the answers about what happened. However, he is still too distraught to be interviewed by investigators and is in hospital being treated for shock. The driver found the threeyear-olds body on Tuesday inside a Goodstart Early Learning minibus parked outside Hambledon State School in Cairns. He had picked the boy up from his familys home at 9.30am and found him at 3.15pm. Police are focusing on the movements of the bus and whether the boy was on board the entire time from when he was collected to when he was found. IT was the most confronting scene a police officer or paramedic could ever come across. The first ambulance crew arrived on the scene at Raven Street, Camp Hill, to see the car still well ablaze and the three children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey already dead. Veteran police officer Detective Inspector Mark Thompson said it was one of the worst crime scenes he attended in his career. It will be a horrific thing for police and emergency services to deal with in the coming days, he said. Weve all got different experiences in life. Ive seen some horrific scenes, this is up there with the (worst) of them. Its a terrible thing to be presented with but we will work through it. Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervisor Adrian Tong said first responders were immediately stood down from duty yesterday while they came to terms with the tragic incident that unfolded in front of them. Ive worked for the ambulance for a long time and Id rather we didnt go to these sorts of scenes too often, he said. All of the crews that attended have been stood down at another location and they wont be required for duty today. Theyll be offered peer support and maybe some ongoing counselling over the next few days. Four die as planes crash FOUR people are dead after two light planes, one of them a training flight, crashed mid-air near a regional Victorian airport. Emergency services were called to two separate crash scenes near Mangalore Airport about 11.30am yesterday. Police believe the four people would have died immediately. One plane almost certainly crashed immediately and the other plane crashed about two kilometres north from here and both were extensively damaged prior to colliding with the ground, Mitchell Local Area Commander Inspector Peter Koger told reporters. All four victims are yet to be formally identified. Accused of hit-and-run POLICE have charged a man following an alleged hit-andrun which left five cyclists injured. The cyclists were taken to Townsville Hospital after being struck while riding at 5.40am on Wednesday along Dalrymple Road in Mount Louisa. Police will allege the 28year-old man from Mount Louisa fled the scene. It is also alleged he was in toxicated while driving. Three women and two men, aged in their 30s to 50s, were all in a stable condition when taken to hospital. The driver will appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court today charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm. Death scene at Camp Hill Family of five perish after senseless killing KATE KYRIACOU, ELISE WILLIAMS THERES a photo Hannah Baxter posted on social media as she looked towards the new year her three children atop a paddle board, sun-drenched, feet dangling in salt water, smiling for the camera. It was December 30 not long after leaving her husband and less than two months before shed jump screaming from her car as her children burned inside. Raven St in Camp Hill, Brisbane is a street of manicured lawns, beautifully renovated character homes and modern townhouses. But yesterday, as parents bundled kids into cars for the morning school run, a bang, then an explosion and then screams brought the residents of Raven St running. Hannah Baxter, her children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, strapped into the back seat, had been set upon by estranged husband Rowan. Neighbours saw the former New Zealand NRL player get out of his vehicle and approach hers. He set his family alight and watched the flames take hold, shouting at neighbours who tried to put them out. Hannah jumped screaming from her white SUV, her clothing aflame. Rowan, 42, now in the passenger seat, took out a knife and plunged it into his chest. Aaron Snell lives metres from where the horrific murder suicide unfolded. He ran from his house to see what he first thought was a road rage incident. As I came to the front after calling triple-0, I saw her (Hannah). She was smoking, her body was smoking and on fire, he said. Theyd pulled her out and they were hosing her down on the road, trying to put the flames out. And he (Rowan) was across the road. The footballer was aggressive, Mr Snell said, and he didnt know how he could safely help the victims. Im trying to suss out the situation whether I could do CPR or not and he was just in all manner of states, Mr Snell said. And then he jumped into the full flaming car, into the front seat to grab a knife. He stabbed himself in the chest. Thats when hes dropped to his knees and went down head first, then he jumped up again, and then he fell flat. Neighbours ran with fire extinguishers. They tried to put the flames out. Reached for the children. One man was burned in his efforts and would be taken to hospital. Their heroics angered Rowan, according to Mr Snell. He was protesting to stop (us) putting it out, he said. He was so angry and just going absolutely crazy. It appeared like he wanted it to burn. Andrew Sinclair lives 100m away. He came running. She was looking directly at me, just staring, Mr Sinclair said. The look of hurt looking straight at me, and seeing her clothing being burnt with her skin coming off her body, it was an awful thing to see. Rowan staggered from the car and collapsed on the ground. The calls to triple-0 came at 8.30am. Police, firefighters and paramedics all rushed to the scene. The Queensland Ambulance Service sent high acuity paramedics and a medical director. The children were dead. They attempted to revive their father. Hannah was rushed to hospital with severe burns but sadly she died last night. A woman from the street had doused her with a hose as the mother stood burning. Before Hannah left, before she fled the family home, the Baxter family had appeared picture-perfect through the rose-tinted faade of social media. Rowan posted often about his wife, writing gushing birthday messages and posting their wedding photographs. But by December, Rowan was posting frequently about his children, about missing them. Neighbours of the former family home, where Rowan had remained, said his behaviour had become increasingly concerning since Hannah left. Hed been reclusive. The same clothes had been on the line for weeks. Members of the school community and the couples social circle said the same. They used words like escalating and concerning. Then, on Tuesday night, neighbours saw him arrive home in a black SUV. He left in it again alone early yesterday morning. An unimaginable tragedy has now left a family of five dead. Four of them were innocent. Killed at the hands of a monster. Someone who was meant to protect them. Hannah and Rowan Baxter with their kids Picture: FACEBOOK Hannah Baxter and her children Picture: FACEBOOK The horrific scene Picture: LYNDON MECHIELSEN/THE AUSTRALIAN