School offers counselling as community mourns crash victims
AS THE shock of Tuesday's triple fatality at Dyraaba reverberates across the Northern Rivers, tributes are flowing for the victims of the horrific crash.
Shaun Zagar, 28, his children Kaleb, six, and Zara, five, were killed while waiting for a school bus when a Mitsubishi sedan, driven by a 36-year-old man collided with their Mazda hatch parked near the intersection of Martins and McDonalds Bridge Rds at about 8.15am.
Kaleb and Zara were popular students at Casino Public School.
A Department of Education and Communities spokesman said students and staff from the school were in shock following the crash.
"Casino Public School is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of two students," the spokesman said.
"The thoughts of the school community are with the family and friends.
"Ongoing counselling support is available for staff and students."
Richmond Valley Council mayor Ernie Bennett said he was working on his property when he received the news.
Cr Bennett said many people he spoke to on Tuesday said they could not believe such a tragedy happened so close to home.
"It's just an absolute tragedy when children are involved ... those young children have no opportunity now to grow, enjoy and live their lives," he said.
"On behalf of council I would like to pass on our condolences to everyone that was involved," he said.
Within hours of the crash the Northern Star Facebook page was flooded with tributes to and condolences for the Zagar family.
When Sarah Svarc saw the news she posted: "Heartbreaking. RIP to those three who lost their lives. A very sad day."
Colleen Nita Earl posted: "My family and myself send you our thoughts, prayers and love. God bless xx."
A passenger in the Mitsubishi, a three-year-old girl, was airlifted from Lismore Base Hospital to Brisbane's Mater Children's Hospital in a serious condition late on Tuesday.