Community pay tribute to 'delightful' mum and her children killed in A40 crash

A church-going mother and three of her children killed in a car crash have been described as "a delightful family".

Zoe Powell, 29, died alongside her daughters Phoebe, 8, Amelia, 4, and 6-year-old son Simeon when the family's car collided with a lorry on the A40 to the west of Oxford shortly before 10pm on Monday.

The A40 near Oxford where the crash took place
A mother and her 3 children died in the crash on Monday evening.

Mrs Powell's 30-year-old husband, Josh, and their infant daughter survived but remain in the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The Rev Dr Jacky Barr, from St Andrew's Church in Chinnor, where Mrs Powell and her family were regular visitors, said the tragedy was a "loss to us all in the area".

They used to come to our church. Zoe and her children would come along to one of our 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.

The Rev Dr Jacky Barr, from St Andrew's Church in Chinnor
Reverend Jacky Barr at St Andrew's Church, Chinnor, Oxfordshire

A friend and neighbour of the Powells said the "whole family would do anything for anybody".Mrs Powell, who lived in Chinnor since the mid-2010s but was previously from Sheffield, described herself online as a "wife, mama, maker".She regularly updated a parenting blog until May 2019 ahead of the arrival of their fourth child.

Outlining the reasons behind her blog, Mrs Powell wrote: "I'm Zoe, and I'm a wife and mama of three little ones. The mama book is a journal and community that was born out of my own need for a space - a physical place to write and focus and reflect on motherhood.

"When I created this journal for myself I was feeling overwhelmed by theeveryday demands of having three young children."One day in the middle of the craziness of having three 3 and unders underfoot I filled a notebook with all the thoughts about mothering that were filling up my head."

Nearly £20,000 has been raised for the family left behind following the crash.

Thames Valley Police said they received multiple calls from members of the public at 9.50pm on Monday following the crash. The lorry driver, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Dominic Mahon, of the serious collision investigation unit, said officers were in the very early stages of theinvestigation into what he described as an "incredibly tragic" and"horrendous" incident.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone with dash-cam footage of the incident to come forward.

A police witness appeal sign on the A40 near Oxford