A 29-year-old mother and three of her young children have died in a horrifying crash with a truck, while her husband and 18-month-old daughter fight for their lives.
On Monday night at around 9.50pm, emergency services were called following a two-vehicle collision west of Oxford in the UK.
Mother Zoe Powell and two of her daughters, Phoebe, 8, and Amelia, 4, and son Simeon, 6, were pronounced dead following the crash, several UK media outlets have confirmed.
Her husband Josh and their 18-month-old daughter were taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where they both remain in a critical condition.
Thames Valley Police said in a press release, the collision occurred near a railway overbridge when the family’s car collided with a truck.
The 56-year-old truck driver suffered minor injuries.
The police said the investigation was still in its early stages.
Ms Powell, from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, had a blog called ‘The Mama Book’, where she reflected on raising her children. Her last post was last year, before the birth to her fourth child. She also sold journals to help others navigate motherhood.
Speaking to Metro, a neighbour described the family as “lovely” and said they had been living in Chinnor, after a fire destroyed their home just months ago.
The Chinnor Community Church has created a space for members of the public to place flowers if they wish.
“As a close community, we are all so saddened and shocked to hear about the tragic accident last night,” The church’s Facebook post said.
Police promise to leave ‘no stone unturned’ after horror crash
Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Dominic Mahon has asked the media and the public not to speculate on cause of “this horrendous incident”.
“We will leave no stone unturned to ascertain what has caused this tragedy,” he said.
Sergeant Mahon appealed for witnesses or anybody who was driving in the area at the time of the collision to contact the police.
Police are also hoping dashcam footage of the incident will not be shared on social media, but handed over to the police.
In a statement, Sgt Mahon paid tribute to the emergency service workers who were on the scene and said the thoughts of the officers at the Thames Valley Police and other responders were with the family.
“The thoughts of all of us at Thames Valley Police, along with our partners who have assisted at the scene or at the hospital, are with the families at this incredibly difficult time,” he said.
“I would like to also pay tribute to our officers, first responders and medical professionals, who dealt with this collision.
“Our officers and colleagues from the other emergency services were dealing with an extremely upsetting scene, and I would like to thank them for the work that they carried out overnight.”
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