Childers is mourning the loss of Emma Hulbert-Gibbin.
Childers is mourning the loss of Emma Hulbert-Gibbin.

Mum-of-four will be missed

CHILDERS is mourning the loss of Emma Hulbert-Gibbin, who was killed when her car rolled over on the Bruce Highway at Apple Tree Creek on Monday.

The 31-year-old mother of four was believed to be driving sons James and Nicholas to day care when she hit the gutter near the Bundaberg overpass and flipped the vehicle.

Both boys were airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital, but Nicholas, 18 months, has since been transferred to Brisbane with suspected head and internal injuries, where it is believed he is in a critical condition.

James sustained fractures and abrasions in the incident.

Mrs Hulbert-Gibbin also has two daughters, Steivie-Nicole and Haylee, who were not in the vehicle.

Her distraught husband, Steve, is now in Brisbane at Nicholas’s bedside.

Tributes for the soccer coach are flooding in to the family.

Friend and Isis Redbacks Soccer Club president Jodie Campanini said Mrs Hulbert-Gibbin had coached the under-12 girls team.

“Everyone in the club is absolutely devastated by the news,” Mrs Campanini said.

“The girls she coached just loved her and their mothers have been ringing me. Everyone is crying.”

Mrs Hulbert-Gibbin once admitted she was a “chronic” writer of poems and stories.

A message posted on the NewsMail’s website under the name “anthony5550”, who is believed to be a family friend from New South Wales, said Nicholas and James were “making progress”.

“When emergency crews arrived, the youngest boy was calling out to his mother, which doctors believe is a good sign that he has not suffered extensive brain damage,” the message read.

“The father has not left the boy’s side since the accident.”

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