Dad who lost wife and three kids in A40 crash issues heartbreaking tribute

A widower who survived a deadly car crash that killed his wife and three of his four children has penned an emotional tribute to his late loved ones.

Josh Powell lost his wife of 11-years, Zoe Powell, along with Phoebe, eight, Simeon, six, and Amelia, four, following the horror smash on the A40 on Monday night.

Their Subaru people carrier collided with a truck with only Josh, 30, and his 18-month-old daughter Penny, surviving.

Mr Powell said: “Before the adventure of starting a family nobody truly knows what to expect.

"All of life’s preconceptions and what we see in the world around us meant that life as a family man was so much better than I expected it to be.

“I had been blessed with four wonderful children, whose thirst for life and hunger of adventure kept me busy but in the best possible way.

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“As I look to an uncertain future, I reflect on the fun that we had as a family, with feelings of sadness that it was cut so short.”

The tragedy took place just months after the Powell family was forced into temporary accommodation after a fire broke out at their Chinnor home in South Oxfordshire.

Devastated friends and neighbours described the family of six as "delightful" and their story touched the hearts of the public.

A crowdfunder set up in response to the A40 tragedy has so far raised £125,000, well past the £1,000 goal, with 3,850 well-wishers donating.

Speaking of his children, Josh said in a moving police statement: “Phoebe was my first daughter, and was the model of her mother but with a thirst to always know more. Regularly we would adventure and explore the world together.

“She was clever and able to make great jumps of imagination – her great creations in Lego are testament to this.

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“Simeon was just like his father, with a mischievous sense of humour and desire to know more of the world. A keen sportsman, he had been due to play in his first football match this week.

“He shared the kind heart of his sisters and wouldn’t be happier than when he knew that everyone was ok.

“Amelia was kind and spirited. Her tenderness and thoughtfulness much more advanced than her years.

“Her ability to dance and express herself was a true blessing, with an abundance of self-confidence. Tied down by no element of practicality she had the most vivid dreams imagination.”

Mr Powell added that his wife, 29-year-old Zoe, was a “dreamer” who “made a great partner” to raise a family with.

“As a family that have always preferred understated calm and brevity, it has been a revelation the benefit of the deep wider relationships now I’ve lost my immediate nuclear family,” he added.

“There are many battles to come, and I thank everyone who has stood by me and Penny thus far.

“We are well supported and know to ask if anything is needed.

“Now we have the time to readjust and grieve, this is the challenge of the abundance of loss we feel as a family.”

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