Thursday, 22 Oct 2020

Mum and three kids killed in horror A40 crash pictured for first time

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A mum and her three kids who were killed in a horror crash on the A40 have been pictured and named for the first time.

Zoe Powell, 29, died on Monday 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 near Oxford, but are now fighting for their lives in hospital.

The family's silver Subaru collided with a heavy-goods vehicle on the A40 at around 9.50pm on Monday night. The HGV driver, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

Zoe, Phoebe, Amelia and Simeon were all pronounced dead at the scene.

Josh and the unnamed baby girl were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where they remain in a critical condition.

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Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Dominic Mahon, of the Thames Valley Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We are in the very early stages of our investigation into this incredibly tragic incident that has resulted in the deaths of four people from the same family.

"I would appeal to anybody who was driving in the area at the time of the collision and witnessed what happened to please contact 101, or make a report online, quoting reference number 43200321914.

"I would also urge anybody who has dash-cam footage of the incident or either of the vehicles just prior to the incident to please not share this publicly, but contact police with this detail."

The family's next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Mahon added: "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.

"Our officers remain at the scene and the A40 will remain closed in both directions for a considerable period of time while this investigation continues.

"This is an absolute tragedy, and again I would ask the public and the media not to speculate as to the cause, as we continue to support the families of all of the victims."

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