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'People should remember': community in shock after Bath lorry tragedy

Mitzi Rosanna Steady, 4, was killed while walking with her grandmother. Credit: Family

Emotional tributes have been paid to the victims of Monday's devastating lorry crash, as the community in Weston, Bath struggles to come to terms with the tragedy.

Four-year-old Mitzi Rosanna Steady was hit by the 32-tonne tipper truck while walking with her grandmother on Lansdown Lane.

Her grandmother, who had only moved to the area two months ago to help look after her grandchildren, is still in critical condition at Southmead Hospital. Staff at Snapdragons Nursery in Weston said they would always remember their "beloved" Mitzi.

Our hearts go out to her family at this difficult time. We will always miss her smile and her warmth.

– Snapdragons Nursery, Weston

Weston All Saints Primary School, which is very near the scene of the crash and was a makeshift hospital during the tragedy, was closed on Tuesday out of respect, but reopened today. Parents dropping their children off stopped to look at the flowers laid at the scene, and to express their shock and grief.

Anita Walker, a 36-year-old mother-of-three, said that her children were worried about going to school, but that teachers had been "absolutely brilliant", and checking pupils were ok.

Most people in the community would have known of Mitzi. She was just the most beautiful, smiley little girl. I used to see her walking with her grandmother. They are a lovely family, all of them. They are the most amazing family.

– Anita Walker

Sarah Gleave, 39, wiped away tears at the sight of the memorial while dropping her children off at school, and said she felt "shocked and confused"

One of my children is quite upset and knowing how to help them is the hardest. My eldest is eight years old. I have a lot of friends who are helping - we are all helping each other.

It is a very nice, close-knit community. My daughter knows the older children in Mitzi's family. They are a local family.

– Sarah Gleave

Tributes were also paid to the other victims of the tragedy. Chauffeur Stephen Vaughan, 34, from Penyrheol, near Swansea married fiancee Sian in Turkey last year, while father-of-two Phil Allen, 52, lived in Swansea with wife Caroline and was a power company director.

The fourth victim, a 59-year-old man from Cwmbran, has not been named.

Newlywed driver Stephen Vaughan, 34, was killed along with his passengers when the 32-tonne truck hit his taxi. Credit: Wales News Service

On Tuesday, around 400 residents attended a prayer service for the victims at All Saints Church Weston, led by Rector Patrick Whitworth.

Residents wept outside the church, describing Lansdown Lane as "nasty", and said a safety campaign had been going on.

Children at the school are being offered bereavement counselling, and books of condolence are opening at local libraries. Floral tributes have been moved to a memorial tree by Weston Free Church.

A Swansea City F.C. flag was used to pay tribute to the Welsh victims of the crisis. Credit: ITV News

John Blargrove, 67, a retired builder who lives around the corner from the crash site, said the mood in the community was sombre.

Things won't be back to normal for some time and I don't think they should be. People should remember what happened here.

– John Blargrove

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