The mother of three young children killed in a crash on New Year’s Day says she was travelling to file an appeal for permanent status.

According to CTV, Uche Osagie says she fled Nigeria eight years ago with her two oldest children for a better life in Canada but was having difficulties acquiring permanent residency.

She says she is speaking out because, in mid-December, she had received a letter that her second appeal had been denied, so she travelled to Toronto to get a lawyer to file a federal appeal.

Osagie says the family was returning home to Chelmsford when the car she was driving hit a rock-cut killing her children, Destiny, Flourish and Britney.

Flags are flying half-mast at Chelmsford Public School where all three children attended.

The funerals are tentatively planned for next week.