Heartbreaking moment dad is told wife and kids were killed in horror crash
Written by Rother Radio News on 16/10/2020
A dad fighting to stay alive after a devastating crash has been told the earth-shattering news that his wife and three children have died.
Zoe’s husband Josh, 30, and their 18-month-old baby survived the collision with the HGV but were left with serious injuries with both fighting for their lives in hospital.
Thames Valley Police said Josh and the tot “are showing signs of improvement and are expected to make a recovery”.
However, Mirror Online reports that Josh has been told his wife and three of his children did not survive the crash, according to friends at the family’s church in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, who spoke with The Sun.
Thousands raised to support family
More than 1,500 people have already donated to a fundraising page set up on Wednesday following the four deaths.
The page, set up by Andrew Welsford, reads: “This is such a sad and tragic loss for a work colleague on the railway, whose family have been taken from him in a tragic car crash near Oxford.”
Referencing railway workers’ distinctive orange uniform, it added: “Many people in the world of the Orange Army will know Josh and I hope will contribute to give him some financial support when he needs later in recovery.”
Grieving friends, neighbours and colleagues described the Powells as “delightful”.
The tragedy came months after the family were forced into temporary accommodation when a fire broke out at their home in Chinnor.
A statement from Chinnor Community Church, where the family were regular members of the congregation, said: “(The Powells) have been active, involved and much-loved members of Chinnor Community Church throughout their young lives.
“The news of the death of Zoe, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia has shocked and saddened not just their church family here but also the whole community of Chinnor in which they were known and greatly loved.
“The family placed their belief in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and we are confident that Zoe and the children are now safe in the arms of God.
“Our thoughts are with the family as we pray for healing and recovery for Josh and (his daughter).”
olice said they received multiple calls from members of the public at 9.50pm on Monday following the crash.
The HGV driver, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and has co-operated fully with the investigation, officers said.
Zoe’s father William Milroy has described the heartbreaking moment he was told of the tragedy.
He told The Sun: “They were going home.
“I don’t know where they had been but they had recently moved into a new rented house after theirs had burned down.
“They had moved from place to place but had rented a house long term and were just getting settled.
Mr Milroy said police informed him of the tragedy at 5am on Tuesday, adding that officers have “no idea” how the devastating crash happened on Monday night.”
There have been no arrests, and detectives have requested witnesses or those with dash-cam footage to contact them.