Police laud fearless mum who died trying to save her kids

Driver's attempt to overtake traffic goes horribly wrong A Polish driver has lived every motorist's worst nightmare after accidentally crashing into a police auto.

Assistant Comm Loy said the child who escaped the auto and alerted emergency services was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital.

When the vehicle plunged into the river, Chloe May was able to escape and ran to a nearby farm screaming for help.

A mother has died with two of her children as she tried to rescue them after their vehicle plunged into a swollen river in Australia. "While the matter is going before the coroner, I have no doubt whatsoever that that woman is a hero and she'd be alive today if she wasn't trying to save her children".

He and two others went into the water to try and rescue the occupants, with the auto having floated down about 40 metres from where it entered the river.

"She just looked so frantic", Mr Grinham said.

"I've lost two grandchildren as well, and my daughter", she said through tears.

Police divers at the Tumbulgum scene.

Police said divers would begin their search to retrieve the bodies in the vehicle today after poor conditions and dying light hampered yesterday's search.

"Her feet were bleeding apparently".

The girl, believed to be aged around 10, reportedly told police that her mother and possibly a sibling were in the auto.

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"This little girl's run down the road and she's said. her family has gone into the river", Taylor said.

Yesterday, Assistant NSW Police Commissioner Jeff Loy said the road the family drove on was closed because of mud and debris.

"We want those children and their mother treated with the respect they deserve", he said.

NSW Police confirmed a police operation has been launched to recover the three individuals after boats using sonar equipment located the vehicle five metres from the river bank around 3:25pm, according to a statement. "There was a little girl running along the road, around nine [years old]".

"She was really upset".

Retired highway patrol officer Matt Grinham discovered the crash when he was driving to clean up flood damage at a family member's house.

Police divers are being flown up from Sydney overnight to recover the bodies after the submerged auto was found by sonar equipment about 5m from the northern river bank about 3.25pm.

It's reported the road the auto was travelling on was closed and covered in flood debris, but locals had been using to get to homes in the area.

"The husband came down, and dad and two other boys just jumped into the water and couldn't dive deep enough, " witness Sophie Grinham told television's Seven Network.

A main road into the area, the Tweed Valley Way, only reopened on Monday. "This is about heeding the warnings of the road closures".

  • Sonia Alvarado