Tributes to ‘delightful’ Chinnor family killed in crash

Zoe Powell and three of her children died in Oxford just months after losing everything in a house fire.

Tributes have been paid to a “lovely” mother and her three young children who were killed in a crash.

Zoe Powell, 29, died with Phoebe, eight, when their people carrier was in collision with a lorry in Oxfordshire.

Their deaths on Monday night came just months after the family lost everything in a blaze at their home in Chinnor.

Mrs. Powell’s son Simeon, six, and four-year-old Amelia died at John Radcliffe Hospital where their father, Josh, 30, and 18-month-old sister remain.

Reverend Dr. Jacky Barr said the tragedy had shocked the community in Chinnor, where they had been living in temporary accommodation since the electrical fire in June.

The crash happened on the A40, near a railway bridge between Oxford and Cassington, at 21:50 BST on Monday, Thames Valley Police said.

Dr. Barr, of St Andrew’s Church, said the Powells were a “delightful family” and attended the church’s after-school sessions.

“They were just a lovely family, they really were. This has come as such a shock and loss to us all in the area,” she said.

The vicar opened the church for prayers, candles to be lit, and so a book of condolence could be signed in tribute to the family.

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