UK: Mum, 3 kids killed in crash, dad and tot fight for life

A mum and her three kids were killed in a horror crash on the A40 near Oxford which also left her husband and toddler fighting for life in hospital.

Mummy blogger Zoe Powell, 29, died alongside her two daughters, Phoebe, eight, and Amelia, four, and their six-year-old brother Simeon.

Husband Josh, 30, and their 18-month-old baby girl survived the smash and are described as being in a “critical but stable” condition at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.

Eyewitnesses described a “scene from hell” after coming across the accident on the A40.

The family’s silver Subaru collided with the HGV close to a railway bridge to the west of the city at 9.50pm on Monday.

Thames Valley Police said the victims came from the village of Chinnor in Oxford.

Zoe was a churchgoer and parenting writer who moved to the area with her family from Sheffield in 2014.

She ran her own company producing journals for new mothers and also edited a successful blog.

In an online interview she spoke of her love of teaching bible studies with her husband to teenagers at their local church.

They moved into temporary accommodation in recent months after their home was damaged in a fire.

A neighbour said: “They were a lovely family.”

Flowers were laid outside St Andrew’s Church in Chinnor by locals and friends of the family yesterday.

Chinnor Parish Council posted on Facebook: “We are all so saddened and shocked to hear about the tragic accident.

“The community church have created a space for flowers to be laid for the family.”

One parishioner said: “At the moment it’s just so raw. The community are very upset.”

The A40 was reopened at lunchtime after crash investigators searched for clues to the tragedy.

Police said 56-year-old lorry driver suffered minor injuries in the crash and did not need hospital treatment.

A driver who came across the immediate aftermath posted on social media that it was like a “scene from hell”.

Another motorist wrote on Facebook: “I’ve never seen anything so traumatising in my life. MIRROR UK

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