Family killed in Oxford A40 crash ‘were moving house’

Zoe Powell from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, with her husband Josh and their three children. (Sarah Mak Photography)
Zoe Powell from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, with her husband Josh and their three children. (Sarah Mak Photography)
  • The family in the fatal A40 crash near Oxford has been named

  • 29-year-old Zoe Powell and her three children died in the collision on Monday night

  • Tributes have been left to the family by their community

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A family who lost a mother and three children in a car crash near Oxford had recently moved because their house burned down, according to a report.

The four victims, named in the media as Zoe Powell, 29, daughters Amelia, four, and Phoebe, eight, and six-year-old son Simeon all died in an incident on the A40 Monday evening.

Police said the collision involved their Subaru people carrier and a heavy goods vehicle.

Two other passengers in the Subaru, reported as Powell’s 30-year-old husband Josh and their 18-month-old daughter, were taken to hospital in Oxford and are in a critical condition.

Thames Valley Police said the driver of the HGV, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

Zoe Powell was named as a victim of the A40 crash. (Sarah Mak Photography)
Zoe Powell was named as a victim of the A40 crash. (Sarah Mak Photography)

The Sun reported that William Milroy, Zoe Powell’s father, said the family, who were living in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, had been moving from house to house but recently began renting a long-term place.

“They were going home. I don’t know where they had been but they had recently moved into a new rented house after theirs had burned down,” he said.

Powell ran a blog website about being a mother, oriented towards the mental health and wellbeing of mums.

She would write about coping when a child is ill, dealing with new challenges and promoting the use of a journal to record events and feelings.

The mother also made videos for YouTube in which she talked about writing down thoughts.

A police witness appeal sign on the A40 near Oxford where a four-year-old girl, a six-year-old boy, an eight-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, died Monday night after a collision between a people carrier and a heavy goods vehicle.
A police witness-appeal sign on the A40 near Oxford where a four-year-old girl, a six-year-old boy, an eight-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman died. (PA)

Police were called to the collision at 9.50pm on Monday, with emergency services arriving at what police described as “an extremely upsetting scene”.

A friend and neighbour of the family said they “would do anything for anybody”.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “She (Zoe) was amazing, a great neighbour and a lovely person.

“She did a lot for the community, not just through the church.”

“I just can’t believe what’s happened, I’m too upset to talk any more about it really.”

Watch: Four from the same family die in A40 collision

The A40 near Oxford where a four-year-old girl, a six-year-old boy, an eight-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, died Monday night after a collision between a people carrier and a heavy goods vehicle.
An an aerial view of the A40, where the incident took place. (PA)

Reverend Dr Jacky Barr, from St Andrew’s Church in Chinnor, said the family came to church and Zoe Powell and the children would attend after-school sessions.

“They were just a delightful family. The children were always very engaging.

“They were just a lovely family, they really were. This has come as such a shock and loss to us all in the area.”

Thames Valley Police’s Sergeant Dominic Mahon said: “We will leave no stone unturned to ascertain what has caused this tragedy.

Damage to road barriers on the A40 near Oxford where a four-year-old girl, a six-year-old boy, an eight-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, died Monday night after a collision between a people carrier and a heavy goods vehicle.
Damage to road barriers on the A40. (PA)

“The next of kin of the family have been made aware and are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.

“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 urged against speculating about what happened and asked for witnesses to call 101 or make a report online using reference number 43200321914.

Chinnor Parish Council said on Facebook it was “saddened and shocked” by the crash and that a space for flowers to be laid has been made on the village high street.

Oxford City Council’s leader Susan Brown said it was “horrible, horrible news”.

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