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The grandfather of three children who were killed in an A40 truck accident with the blogger mother, 29, reveals his loss


The grandfather of three children who were killed in a horror crash with their blogger mother revealed his heartbreak and throttled back tears when he said, "They are gone."

William Milroy told of his torment after daughter Zoe Powell [29] was killed along with daughters Amelia [four] and Phoebe [eight] and son Simeon [six].

They were killed after their silver Subaru collided with a truck on the A40 near Oxford yesterday.

Mr Milroy from Cheltenham, Gloucs said: “The police told us what happened at 5am. They're gone.

“The police won't even tell us exactly where it happened. They are still investigating.

& # 39; They went home. I don't know where they had been, but they had recently moved into a new rented house after their house burned down. "

Pictured: Zoe Powell, who died in the crash, with Phoebe [eight], Simeon [six], Amelia [four] and her husband Joshua

At 9:50 p.m., emergency services rushed on-site to report on the crash, which occurred near a railway bridge west of Oxford. Pictured: the scene today

At 9:50 p.m., emergency services rushed on-site to report on the crash, which occurred near a railway bridge west of Oxford. Pictured: the scene today

The floral honors are pictured today in front of the community church on Chinnor High Street

The floral honors are pictured outside the Community Church on Chinnor High Street today

He added to The Sun, "They had moved from place to place but had rented a house long term and were just settling down."

Ms. Powell's 30-year-old husband, Joshua, and their 18-month-old daughter were rescued from the rubble and are fighting for their lives today at John Radcliffe Hospital in town.

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

Ambulance services stormed the site at 9:50 p.m. Monday to get reports of the crash, which occurred near a railway bridge.

David Patchett, 36, who lives on a narrow boat near the crash site, was the first to arrive at the scene.

He described hearing a "terrible noise" that shook his home, adding to others in the area, "thought it was a sonic boom".

He said: “The car was parked in the middle of the road, it wasn't just front damage, it looked like it had been wrinkled like a can.

& # 39; The emergency services showed up very quickly. It was a horrible thing to see and my first thoughts were that no one had survived, it was that bad.

"While I was on the phone with the police, the man regained consciousness and that's when I started yelling down the phone." Bring someone here now. "

Ambulance services stormed the site at 9:50 p.m. Monday to get reports of the crash, which occurred near a railway bridge. Pictured: the child sacrifice

Emergency services stormed the site at 9:50 p.m. Monday to report on the crash, which took place near a railway bridge. Pictured: the child sacrifice

Her husband Joshua, 30, and their 18-month-old daughter were rescued from the rubble and are fighting for their lives today at John Radcliffe Hospital in town

Her husband Joshua, 30, and their 18-month-old daughter were rescued from the rubble and are fighting for their lives today at John Radcliffe Hospital in town

The officers remain at the scene and the A40 remains closed in both directions for a "substantial" period while the investigation continues

The officers remain at the scene and the A40 remains closed in both directions for a "substantial" period while the investigation continues

Friends said today the Powell family suffered one tragedy after tragedy after they were forced to move from their Chinnor home following a devastating house fire a few months ago.

A neighbor said, “You were a lovely family. They have rented elsewhere in Chinnor in the meantime because there was a house fire, as you can see the whole house is boarded up. It's a devastating shame. & # 39;

Blogger Ms. Powell ran a website devoted to her motherhood experience and sold a diary, The Mama Book, to help other parents.

The mother of four said on her website, The Mama Book, “The Mama Book is a journal and community that grew out of my own need for space – a physical place where I write, focus, and talk about motherhood can think.

“As I was creating this diary for myself, I felt overwhelmed by the everyday demands of having three young children.

One day, in the midst of the madness of having three three-and-under-feet under my feet, I filled a notebook with all the thoughts about motherhood that filled my head.

“Since then, I've used, optimized and refined it every day. It's the space I wish I could have given myself when my first baby was born, and a space I keep using during every motherhood. & # 39;

Friends said today the Powell family suffered one tragedy after tragedy after they were forced to move from their Chinnor home following a devastating house fire a few months ago. Pictured: Honors today in Chinnor

Friends said today the Powell family suffered "tragedy after tragedy" after they were forced to move from their Chinnor home following a devastating house fire a few months ago. Pictured: Honors today in Chinnor

The village where the Powells lived was shaken today when news of the tragedy surfaced

The village where the Powells lived was shaken today when news of the tragedy surfaced

Ms. Powell had a degree in English literature and said she had a "deep love for books, stationery and flowers".

On June 6, 2018, she wrote a post titled "These are the good old days" in which she talked about her life and how she appreciated it.

It read, “I don't want to miss this beautiful life because I think about what's next, or remember what it was like when they were at a different stage or longed for certain challenges.

& # 39; These are the good old days. At every stage, photos from a few years ago, a year ago, even a few months ago remind me that those days are the best.

“These are the good old days – it just doesn't always feel that way. When I see myself, my everyday life, through the lens of the past time, I now get perspective and clarity on these days.

& # 39; These are the good old days. There are crazy, messy, stressful moments, but they are also littered with lots of beautiful, everyday, wonderful moments.

“Things that we take for granted as they are – like the cot they are lowered into, the stroller we push, the car seat that we strap on, or the shoes we tie – they move and change and we look back and Realize that these everyday things were beautiful. & # 39;

The village where the Powells lived was shaken today when news of the tragedy surfaced.

A cross was erected in front of Chinnor Community Church to commemorate the family who visited it weekly.

It said: “The cross was placed in our garden as a focal point for anyone wanting to remember Zoe, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia Powell, who lost their lives in a traffic accident on Monday evening.

“As Christians, we believe that death is not the end of the road, just a curve. The road only winds through the paths that Christ himself walked. & # 39;

Colorful bouquets of flowers for the Powell family with affectionate tributes were strewn under the cross.

Officers stayed at the crash site today and the A40 has been closed in both directions for a "substantial" period while the investigation continued

Officials remained at the crash site today and the A40 has been closed in both directions for a "substantial" period while the investigation continued

Officers stayed at the crash site today and the A40 has been closed in both directions for a "substantial" period while the investigation continued.

Senior Investigator Sergeant Dominic Mahon of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit in Bicester said the crash was an "absolute tragedy."

He said, “We are at a very early stage in our investigation into this incredibly tragic incident that resulted in the death of four people from the same family.

“I would speak to anyone who was driving in the area at the time of the collision and who saw what happened. Please contact 101 or report online using the reference number 43200321914.

“I would also like to urge anyone who has dash cam footage of the incident or one of the vehicles shortly before the incident not to share it publicly but to contact the police with this detail.

“The immediate family members have been made aware of this and are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.

“Our officers and colleagues from the other emergency services faced an extremely worrying scene and I would like to thank them for the work they have done overnight.

"Our officers are staying on the scene and the A40 will remain closed in both directions for a substantial period of time while this investigation continues."