£157,000 raised for dad who lost wife and three children in car crash

A crowdfunding appeal for a father who lost four family members in a car crash has now reached over £150,000.

Josh Powell and his 18-month-old daughter Penny survived the crash on the A40 near Oxford on October 12.

But his wife Zoe Powell, 29, and three other children died from the impact of their Subaru people carrier with a heavy goods vehicle.

A JustGiving page was initially set up by a colleague in the hope of raising just £1,000 but has now exceeded £157,303.

It comes as the inquests into the deaths have been opened by a coroner.

Mrs Powell died from multiple injuries at the scene of the crash 200 metres west of the M34 flyover.

The couple’s eldest daughter Phoebe, eight, was also pronounced dead at the roadside having sustained multiple injuries, Oxford Coroner’s Court heard today.

Son Simeon, six, and middle daughter Amelia, four, were both pronounced dead hours later at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Simeon’s cause of death was given as traumatic brain injuries, while Amelia suffered a severe head injury, coroner Darren Salter said.

The coroner described the incident as ‘tragic’ and heard only basic details during the seven-minute hearing before adjourning.

The inquests will resume in March.

The family had been returning to their home in Chinnor, south Oxfordshire, having spent the weekend visiting Mr Powell’s parents Sue and Kevin Powell.

In a statement issued through Thames Valley Police after the crash, 30-year-old railway engineer Mr Powell said: ‘I had been blessed with four wonderful children, whose thirst for life and hunger for adventure kept me busy but in the best possible way.

‘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 HGV driver, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and has co-operated fully with the investigation, officers said.

The tragedy came months after the Powell family ‘lost everything’ when they were forced into temporary accommodation following a fire at their home.

Friends, neighbours and members of the churches where the family were regular visitors described the Powells as ‘delightful’ people.

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