Heartbroken grandad says kids killed in lorry crash had just had home burnt down

A granddad has told of heartbreak after losing his daughter and her three children in a horror car crash.

William Milroy held back tears as he left a hospital and said "they've gone".

Zoe Powell, 29, her daughters Phoebe, eight, Amelia, four and her six-year-old son Simeon were killed when their Subaru people-carrier crashed into a HGV on the A40 near Oxford.

Police are appealing for witnesses as her husband Josh, 30, and their 18-month-old baby girl in a "stable but critical condition" in hospital.

Zoe's dad, Mr Milroy from Cheltenham, Gloucs, told The Sun Online : "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."

He told how he and his wife had last seen Zoe and her family, from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, a week ago as they settled into a new home.

He said "They had moved from place to place but had rented a house long term and were just getting settled.

"Police told us at 5am what had happened. They’ve gone."

He spoke after returning from the hospital with his wife to visit their son-in-law and baby granddaughter.

He said they had "no idea" how the horror crash had happened, saying: "Police will not even tell us exactly where it happened. They are still investigating."

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Thames Valley Police said tragedy struck when the family's silver Subaru people carrier and a lorry collided near a railway overbridge.

Paramedics rushed to the scene on the A40 and were horrified by the wreckage, cops said.

Mrs Powell and her three children were all pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the HGV, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

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Blogger Zoe, from Chinnor in Oxfordshire, often wrote about who much she loved being a mum and the "simple joys" of raising a family.

She also wrote in the touching Facebook post: "I am thankful for nine years of marriage to my best friend today.

"These years have been so full of so many things and I love getting to share it together.

“Who knew what these years would hold when we got married at 18 and 19!"

Heartbroken villagers left flowers and lit candles at two local churches in Chinnor – Chinnor Community Church where the family were regular worshippers and nearby St Andrew’s Church.

Vicar Rev. Jacky Barr told The Sun Online: "The whole village is reeling. It is so horrific and there is a great sense of loss and sadness here."

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