Mum ‘tried to kill herself and two sons, 4 and 6, by driving head-on into petrol tanker’

A MUM tried to kill herself and her two sons by driving head-on into a petrol tanker – after telling a friend it was “God’s will”, police said.

Melissa Mack, 48, drove the wrong way down a dual carriageway in Gainsville, Florida, on Friday with her boys – aged 4 and 6 – in the van with her.

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Melissa Mack, 48, tried to plough head-on into a petrol tanker to kill herself and her two young sons, police say[/caption]


Mack allegedly drove the wrong way down a dual carriageway in Gainsville, Florida, and tried to smash into a 330-gallon petrol truck[/caption]

Earlier, she allegedly told the friend that “nothing could be done” to save them – and they should “say goodbye” to the children, who have autism.

Mack tried to plough into a 330-gallon tanker – but hero trucker Paul Dale Hackbarth managed to serve out of her way at the last minute, cops said.

According to authorities, determined Mack then pulled a U-turn and rammed into the back end of the tanker hoping to cause a devastating crash.

The collision set off the van’s airbags, shattered both the font and back windows and sparked an engine fire – with the mother and children trapped inside, WCJB reported.

Hackbarth and other stunned passersby rushed to save the family from the blaze – and managed to pull them out unharmed.

Police said in their arrest report the two boys were “very upset” and were taken into care by the Department of Children & Families.

Mack has been charged with three counts of first degree premeditated attempted homicide.

She is being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $900,000 (£740,000) bond.

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