A40 Oxford crash – Heartbreaking tributes to mummy blogger and her three kids killed in accident with HGV

HEARTBREAKING tributes have been paid to a mummy blogger and her three young children killed in a horror crash with a HGV.

Zoe Powell, 29, died alongside her two daughters, Phoebe, eight, and Amelia, four, and their six-year-old brother Simeon on the A40 near Oxford.

Her husband Josh, 30, and their 18-month-old baby girl are fighting for their lives in hospital.

Thames Valley Police said tragedy struck when the family's silver Subaru people carrier and a lorry collided near a railway overbridge last night.

The driver of the HGV, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.


Blogger Zoe, from Chinnor in Oxfordshire, often wrote about who much she loved being a mum and the "simple joys" of raising a family.

She posted: "There are crazy, messy, stressful moments, but they are also scattered through with many beautiful, every day, wonderful moments.

There are crazy, messy, stressful moments, but they are also scattered through with many beautiful, every day, wonderful moments.

"Things that we take for granted, which just are the way they are – like the cot they are lowered into, the pram we push, the car seat we buckle or the shoes we tie – they move on and change and we look back and realise that those everyday things were beautiful."

She also wrote about her "deep love" for painting with her young kids.

The mum also published her ‘Mama book’ – a yearly motherhood journal to support other parents to "count the joys" of raising a family.


The couple were married when they were 18 and 19 and in an anniversary photo Zoe described her husband as her “best friend”.

She wrote in the touching Facebook post: "I am thankful for nine years of marriage to my best friend today.

"These years have been so full of so many things and I love getting to share it together.

“Who knew what these years would hold when we got married at 18 and 19!"

The wreckage of the horrific accident was said to be so distressing that emergency workers left horrified, cops said.


Tributes have flooded into the family on social media – describing the crash as “truly harrowing”.

One woman wrote on Facebook: “I cannot begin to imagine the scene that the emergency services faced, just harrowing. A complete tragedy, my heart breaks for the family.”

Another said: “What a truly harrowing scene to have attended.”

One woman added: “What an absolute horrific accident. Poor victims. Condolences to their families.”

Sergeant Dominic Mahon from Thames Valley Police 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.

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

"We will leave no stone unturned to ascertain what has caused this tragedy."


The officer added that emergency services have been confronted with an "extremely upsetting scene".

Sgt Mahon said: "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.

"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.

Anybody who was driving in the area at the time of the collision and witnessed what happened should contact 101, or make a report online, quoting reference number 43200321914.

Thames Valley also want any dash-cam footage of the incident or either of the vehicles just prior to the incident.

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