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Well-wishers raise £ 50,000 for husband who survived the A40 truck accident that killed wife and children


The husband of a young mummy blogger woke up to the news that his wife and three of their children had died.

The 29-year-old Zoe Powell, the eight- and four-year-old daughters Phoebe and Amelia and the six-year-old son Simeon were killed in an accident on Monday evening.

The Powells, including husband and father Josh, 30, and their one-year-old daughter, were traveling on the A40 when their Subaru people carrier collided with a heavy truck near Oxford.

Thames Valley police said Mr. Powell and his youngest daughter were still in "serious" hospital condition but they "are showing signs of improvement and are expected to recover".

Family friends have confirmed that Mr. Powell has been informed of the tragic deaths of his ten year old wife and three of his children.

Over 1,500 people have already donated for a fundraising page that was set up after the harrowing family tragedy.

Zoe Powell, who died in the crash, with Phoebe, eight, Simeon, six, Amelia, four and Joshua.

29-year-old Zoe Powell with her eight-year-old daughter Phoebe smiles into the camera in a poignant picture

29-year-old Zoe Powell with her eight-year-old daughter Phoebe smiles into the camera in a poignant picture

A source at her local church in Chinnor told The Sun: "Aware of the circumstances and the truly tragic situation, Josh is devastated but he has a small baby to care for and hopefully he will decide for this new life. "

& # 39; He will try to stay strong.

"You are a very loyal Christian family and your faith will help and we will all gather together."

The fundraising page set up by Andrew Welsford states: "This is a sad and tragic loss for a work colleague on the railroad whose family was taken from him in a tragic car accident near Oxford."

Referring to the railroad workers' signature orange uniform, he added, "Many people in the Orange Army world will know Josh and I hope they will help provide financial support for him if he is needed later in his recovery."

Grieving friends, neighbors, and co-workers described the Powells as "delightful".

The tragedy came months after the family was forced into temporary accommodation when a fire broke out at their home in Chinnor, South Oxfordshire.

A statement from Chinnor Community Church, where the family was regular member of the ward, said: “They have been active, dedicated, and popular members of Chinnor Community Church throughout their young lives.

& # 39; The news of the deaths of Zoe, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia shocked and saddened not only their church family here, but also the entire Chinnor community where they were known and very much loved.

The family believed in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and we have confidence that Zoe and the children are now safe in the arms of God.

"Our thoughts go with family as we pray for Josh and his daughter to be healed and recovered."

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

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

The Powell family home was still boarded up with smoke and fire damage

The Powell family home was still boarded up with smoke and fire damage

Police said they received multiple calls from members of the public at 9:50 p.m. the Monday after the crash.

The truck driver, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and has fully cooperated in the investigation.

There were no arrests and detectives have asked witnesses or someone with dash cam footage to contact them.

Senior Investigator Sergeant Dominic Mahon of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit in Bicester said, “We can update the condition of the other two injured, a 30-year-old man and an 18-month-old girl.

"Although their conditions are still serious, they are showing signs of improvement and are expected to recover."

Sgt. Mahon said the truck driver "cooperated fully with the police" and gave testimony.

It was found yesterday that months earlier, the devoted family had been scared after their home burned down and destroyed many of their belongings.

Mr. and Mrs. Powell evicted their four young children from their home and only wore their pajamas during lockdown after a fire engulfed every room in the house.

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

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

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

Neighbor and young mother Alice Palmer said today: “Only a few months ago her house burned down, everything is gone, all memories are gone. It was an electric fire, they basically got out in their pajamas and not much else, but they planned to move back in.

“Josh may now wake up with his young daughter to look after, with no possessions or memories. I just can't understand, they were so religious, part of the community and the church. I cried all morning. & # 39;

Neighbor Brenda Newell, who lived across from the family home, said, “The fire was during lockdown this year, I was on my way to work. It looked like it tore the whole house apart, but I went to work at a nursing home in Thame early that morning.

“I don't think it was arson, I think it was an accident. There are no such problems down here. I always greeted the family in passing, they seemed like a lovely family, the children were calm. It's just one of those things, it's devastating. & # 39;

The talented illustrator Ms. Powell – a regular churchgoer – had managed to salvage some valuable items that she had put in her temporary shelter.

Their home had been particularly important to them, as it was where their youngest child was born.

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

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, who had been married ten years, had told followers of the art and card business, which she ran alongside her parents' blog, "It's the smallest things that make a home feel in a familiar and" your "place.

"I saved this butterfly from our study (the door was closed and, unlike the rest of the house, largely insensitive to fire / smoke)."

The couple had also made regular donations to charities, and their joint company, Skylark and Hare, had donated money to charity every year.

Almost a year ago Ms. Powell had said, “There is so much brokenness in this world, so many we know or know of who struggle in one way or another, but it is a reminder that it is not is our real home.

And as we walk the darkest paths, he is always with us and we will dwell forever in the house of the Lord, in our eternal home. Psalm 23 is the first long section of scripture that I have memorized, and it really has been so relevant in so many ways and so often in my life. When you go through something I hope it is some comfort to you. & # 39;

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