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Trucks turned into holiday homes with king size beds

There’s a saying that the determined like to use from time to time: “keep on truckin”.

However, you need travel no further than the beautiful views of Chew Valley Lake to find the perfect set of wheels guaranteed to be the ideal “get-away-from-it-all.”

Depending on the size of your party you can choose to stay in either “Big Red” or “The Green Room” – both converted trucks, the latter being one with a difference.

READ MORE: The two small Somerset villages named hidden gems in the UK[1]

Set in the picturesque surroundings of Herons Green Farm, these trucks have long since retired from the busy motorways of life and are now nestled in their own individual surroundings with certainly no time trackers on them.

With just the company of silence, interspersed with some of the local wildlife, what better place could there be to while away the minutes[2], hours and days – as long as you don’t mind the attached compost loo.

These two places to stay are within an easy drive of the coast, Wells and Glastonbury, as well as close to Bristol for those wanting to re-engage with society.

Big Red is a former mountain rescue vehicle converted into a touring home which was previously driven across the Sahara Desert and toured around festivals.

However, with the recent lockdown restrictions, it has found its way to Herons Green Farm and has been fitted with a king size bed, kitchen with proper oven and an ensuite shower. The compost loo is a few steps outside and there is also a covered deck complete with BBQ.

Meanwhile, if you want to bring along the family or a few friends to relax and chill out then the new Green Room might be the better choice which sleeps six people.

Described by travel agency Canopy & Stars this space is “without doubt a unique creation”.

The advert says: “It was painstakingly assembled from parts of a 70s showman’s box lorry, a fireman’s slideout dressing room, a Mercedes removal van and a 90s 4×4 track laying lorry.

“As well as a living area with folding doors that open out onto a deck, a chunky leather sofa and kitchen with proper oven, three king-size beds have been accommodated using some ingenious engineering.”

Unlike Big Red, the Green Room has a proper bathroom with flushing toilet and shower for those who are perhaps a bit “delicate” to shovelling the sawdust.

Both facilities are powered by solar energy and guests are also advised to bring their own torch and suitable footwear and both are in separate locations so you will have complete privacy.

Herons Green Farm is within walking distance of several pubs should you require some liquid refreshment, so what more could you want to soak up the Somerset countryside and watch the sunset beneath the stars?

For further information and to book a stay at this unique location click here[3].

References

  1. ^ The two small Somerset villages named hidden gems in the UK (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ what better place could there be to while away the minutes (www.somersetlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ click here (www.canopyandstars.co.uk)

Bosley Mill owner fined for explosion which killed four people

The Bosley Mill owner has been fined and given a suspended sentence for an explosion which killed four people.

George Boden, 64, from Stockport, was sentenced to nine months in prison[1], suspended for 18 months and handed a £12,000 fine at Chester Crown Court[2] today (June 18) after pleading guilty to offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974.

He was also banned from being a company director for four years.

Dorothy Bailey, 62, Derek William Barks, 51, Derek Moore, 62, and Jason Shingler, 38, died in the blast in Bosley near Macclesfield[3] in 2015.

Others were seriously injured, and the sheer scale and impact of the explosion and the loss of lives that resulted, devastated the local community.

Top story: Man cut out of car with broken legs after head-on crash with reckless lorry overtaker[4]

The mill company, Wood Treatment Limited, was given a £75,000 fine for breaching HSWA S2, in failing to protect its employees from the risk of fire.[5]

Boden had previously admitted that the health and safety offence against the company was committed with his consent, connivance or neglect as managing director of Wood Treatment Limited (Health and Safety at Work Act, Section 37).

The sentencing was the culmination of a three month trial involving the company, director George Boden, operations manager Phillip Smith, 58, from Macclesfield[6], and mill manager Peter Shingler, 56, from Bosley.

In April, Justice May ordered the charges of corporate manslaughter and gross negligence be discontinued and directed the jury to find Phillip Smith and Peter Shingler, not guilty of any charges.

A joint investigation was launched between Cheshire Constabulary and the Health and Safety Executive, assisted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.[7]

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes, who led the police investigation, said: “The incident that day tore the heart out of the local community and resulted in a long and exhausting journey for those who lost loved ones and also those who suffered life-changing injuries.

“Following the incident our teams worked tirelessly to provide an extensive file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charges and a trial began in January.

“The families will never forget what happened that day and while this is not the outcome that they had hoped for I hope that this will, in some way, help to bring some form of closure for them.

“We’d ask the media to respect their privacy as they come to terms with the conclusion of this case.”

Sally Nicholson, Head of Operations for the North West, HSE, said: “Wood Treatment Ltd and its Director failed to ensure the health and safety of their employees, exposing them on a daily basis to the risk of a wood dust explosion, through lack of appropriate assessment and control.

“The company and Mr Boden in his capacity as Managing Director, have rightly been held to account for these significant failings.”

References

  1. ^ prison (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chester Crown Court (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  3. ^ Bosley near Macclesfield (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  4. ^ Top story: Man cut out of car with broken legs after head-on crash with reckless lorry overtaker (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  5. ^ failing to protect its employees from the risk of fire. (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  6. ^ Macclesfield (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)
  7. ^ Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. (www.cheshire-live.co.uk)

Family of Scots lorry driver killed by speeding drink-driver get £500k payout

THE loved ones of a lorry driver killed after a speeding drink-driver careered into him have received more than £500,000 in damages.

Malcolm Easton, 42, died from head injuries when his HGV plunged off the M74 near Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, on May 2, 2019.

Malcolm Easton's family have received a £500k payout after a civil case

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Malcolm Easton’s family have received a £500k payout after a civil case

Michael Hall, 38, was more than twice the drink-drive limit when he tried to overtake the 44-tonne truck in heavy rain at almost 90mph and lost control of his BMW.

Around 6.30pm, Hall attempted to speed past the lorry on the northbound carriageway but is believed to have aquaplaned and struck the HGV, sending it down an embankment and killing Mr Easton[1].

The BMW 240 driver, heading from hometown Leeds to Ayrshire, was later found to have 47mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 22mg.

Mr Easton was killed after Michael Hall, above, crashed into him while more than twice the drink-drive limit

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Mr Easton was killed after Michael Hall, above, crashed into him while more than twice the drink-drive limit

The booze in his system is understood to have been the result of Hall still being over the limit from watching Liverpool beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final the night before.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Hall was jailed for four years and banned from driving for seven years and four months after admitting to causing death by dangerous driving.

Despite the conviction, the heartbroken family of Mr Easton, from Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, launched a civil action as they sought more answers, as well as reparations.

Hall tried to overtake Mr Easton at 89mph on the M74 northbound in Lanarkshire

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Hall tried to overtake Mr Easton at 89mph on the M74 northbound in Lanarkshire

In a statement, his loved ones said: “After Malcolm died we were left with so many emotions and questions.

“The driver of the BMW might be in jail but losing his liberty for a few years in no way compares to the suffering we have endured and will continue to face in the future.

“Our family was left in a place where we didn’t know how we’d be able to keep going but the civil action helped address details for us that did not emerge from the prosecution, so we’re grateful for the clarity and answers as it helps us manage things going forwards.



“At the very least we hope the wider public learn from what happened here so other families are spared from similar pains and losses.

“We now wish to have our privacy respected as continue with our lives but before we do we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who supported us for the last two years.”

David Nellaney, Partner at Digby Brown Solicitors in Glasgow, helped the Easton family with their civil case[2].

He said: “What makes the loss of Malcolm harder to comprehend was how avoidable it was.

“This accident reinforces the need for all motorists to exercise extreme care when getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol the night before and consider the impact this has on their ability to drive safely.

“It is not acceptable to ‘feel good enough to drive’.

“If there is any doubt about being legally safe to drive then motorists should simply avoid driving as the consequence of mistakes caused by driving over the legal limit can cost lives.

“The level of dignity, strength and resilience the Easton family has shown throughout this very difficult period is immeasurable.

“I only hope that the conclusion of this case can now bring some closure and allow them to move on with their lives because it is the least they deserve as a family.”

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Family of trucker killed by drink driver travelling 90mph get £500,000 payout

The family of a lorry driver killed by a drink driver who lost control of his BMW have received more than half-a-million pounds in damages.

Malcolm Easton, 42, died after Michael Hall crashed while travelling at nearly 90mph on the M74 in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in May 2019.

Hall, 38, was more than twice the legal limit after watching a football game the night before when he tried to overtake Mr Easton’s HGV in heavy rain.

He struck the lorry, sending it down an embarkment and leaving Mr Easton, from Dunbartonshire, with fatal head injuries.

Hall, from Leeds, was jailed and banned from driving after admitting causing death by dangerous driving last year, reports the Daily Record[1].

In a statement, the Easton family said they hoped the result of the civil action would serve as a warning of the consequences of getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Hall, from Leeds, was jailed and banned from driving after admitting causing death by dangerous driving last year at Glasgow High Court
Hall, from Leeds, was jailed and banned from driving after admitting causing death by dangerous driving last year at Glasgow High Court (Image: PA)

They said: “After Malcolm died we were left with so many emotions and questions.

“The driver of the BMW might be in jail but losing his liberty for a few years in no way compares to the suffering we have endured and will continue to face in the future.

“Our family was left in a place where we didn’t know how we’d be able to keep going but the civil action helped address details for us that did not emerge from the prosecution so we’re grateful for the clarity and answers as it helps us manage things going forwards.

“At the very least we hope the wider public learn from what happened here so other families.

“We now wish to have our privacy respected as we continue with our lives but before we do we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who supported us for the last two years.”

Malcolm Easton, 42, died after Michael Hall crashed while travelling at nearly 90mph on the M74 in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in May 2019 - stock image
Michael Hall crashed while travelling at nearly 90mph on the M74 in Lanarkshire, Scotland (stock image) (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The High Court in Glasgow previously heard how Hall, a car sales manager, was driving a BMW 240 from Leeds to Ayrshire after watching Liverpool beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final when the crash happened.

Mr Easton was driving a 44-tonne HGV on the M74 northbound when Hall attempted to overtake at approximately 89mph and is believed to have aquaplaned before the colliding with the lorry, causing it to jack-knife, break through a crash barrier and travel around 40 metres down a steep embankment.

Hall was later found to have 47mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath when the legal limit is 22mg after drinking the night before.

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He was jailed for four years and banned from driving for seven years and four months.

David Nellaney, Partner at Digby Brown Solicitors in Glasgow, who helped the Easton family with their civil case, said: “What makes the loss of Malcolm harder to comprehend was how avoidable it was.

“This accident reinforces the need for all motorists to exercise extreme care when getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol the night before and consider the impact this has on their ability to drive safely.

“It is not acceptable to ‘feel good enough to drive’. If there is any doubt about being legally safe to drive then motorists should simply avoid driving as the consequence of mistakes caused by driving over the legal limit can cost lives.

“The level of dignity, strength and resilience the Easton family has shown throughout this very difficult period is immeasurable.

“I only hope that the conclusion of this case can now bring some closure and allow them to move on with their lives because it is the least they deserve as a family.”

References

  1. ^ Daily Record (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
  2. ^ here (www.mirror.co.uk)

Family of Alexandria trucker killed in M74 crash awarded more than £500,000 in damages

THE family of an Alexandria lorry driver killed by a drunk motorist has received more than £500,000 in damages.

Malcolm Easton, 42, died after Michael Hall lost control of his BMW while doing nearly 90mph on the M74 near Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire on May 2, 2091.

The crash happened after Hall tried to overtake Mr Easton’s HGV in heavy rain while double the drink-drive limit after watching a football game the night before.

Hall, from Leeds, was jailed and banned from driving after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

Despite the conviction the Easton family still had questions, but after making a road traffic accident claim they were able to secure damages and the answers they needed.

In a statement, the Easton family said: “After Malcolm died we were left with so many emotions and questions.

“The driver of the BMW might be in jail, but losing his liberty for a few years in no way compares to the suffering we have endured, and will continue to face in the future.

READ MORE: Drunk driver admits killing Alexandria trucker in crash on M74[1]

“Our family was left in a place where we didn’t know how we’d be able to keep going, but the civil action helped address details for us that did not emerge from the prosecution, so we’re grateful for the clarity and answers as it helps us manage things going forwards.

“At the very least, we hope the wider public learn from what happened here so other families are spared from similar pains and losses.

“We now wish to have our privacy respected as continue with our lives, but before we do we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who supported us for the last two years.”

The High Court in Glasgow heard Hall, 38, drove from Leeds to Ayrshire after watching Liverpool beat Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

Mr Easton was driving a 44-tonne HGV on the M74 northbound while Hall was behind the wheel of a BMW 240.

The court heard that around 6.30pm Hall attempted to overtake the HGV in heavy rain while travelling at approximately 89mph where he is believed to have aquaplaned, lost control and struck the HGV.

The collision sent the HGV down an embankment which caused Mr Easton to suffer fatal head injuries.

READ MORE: Driver who was twice the alcohol limit jailed after killing Alexandria lorry driver in motorway crash[2]

Hall was later found to have 47mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 22mg – which was understood to have been the result of Hall still being over the limit from the night before.

Hall was jailed for four years and banned from driving for seven years and four months after admitting to causing death by dangerous driving.

David Nellaney, partner at Digby Brown Solicitors in Glasgow, helped the Easton family with their civil case.

He said: “What makes the loss of Malcolm harder to comprehend was how avoidable it was.

“This accident reinforces the need for all motorists to exercise extreme care when getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol the night before and consider the impact this has on their ability to drive safely.

“It is not acceptable to ‘feel good enough to drive’. If there is any doubt about being legally safe to drive then motorists should simply avoid driving as the consequence of mistakes caused by driving over the legal limit can cost lives.

“The level of dignity, strength and resilience the Easton family has shown throughout this very difficult period is immeasurable.

“I only hope that the conclusion of this case can now bring some closure and allow them to move on with their lives because it is the least they deserve as a family.”

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Mummy blogger, 29, did not ‘deliberately’ swerve car into HGV

Coroner ‘can’t rule out possibility’ that mummy blogger, 29, ‘deliberately’ veered family car into on-coming HGV – killing herself and three of her four children – after rowing with husband

  • Zoe Powell, was killed with Amelia, four, and Phoebe, eight, and son Simeon, six
  • Their silver Subaru collided with a HGV on the A40 near Oxford on October 12
  • Daughter Penny and husband Josh survived, although he has lost memory
  • Senior coroner Darren Salter said he did ‘not consider it likely’ it was deliberate
  • Mrs Powell was driving the car when it swerved in front of lorry without warning 

The husband of a mother killed in a horror crash with her three children said today ‘the actions of a single moment have wrecked an entire family’.

Artist and mummy blogger Zoe Powell, 29, accidentally swerved their car into the path of a 36-ton lorry after a weekend spent arguing with her husband.

An inquest heard today that Mr Powell decided to drop their four children off at their grandparents’ Worcester home because he had to work in Bristol on October 10.

Two days later he and his wife went to pick them up after having dinner.

Mrs Powell – said to ‘not overly enjoy driving’ – drove the family back in their silver Subaru when the accident happened at 9.53pm on the A40 overbridge at Wolvercote, towards Oxford. 

Her husband, who spent months in hospital, says he has no memory of the crash. The inquest heard that distraction, fatigue or driver error may have caused Mrs Powell to swerve  – but the coroner added ‘I can’t rule out the possibility it was a deliberate act’.

In a statement from Mr Powell and other relatives after the inquest today, he said: ‘Whilst there is much that we will never fully understand about the crash, it is helpful to comprehend some of the potential explanations of what led to it.

‘We thank the police, coroner and crash investigators for their hard work and thoroughness in it all.

‘The possibility that such a small distraction may have caused such a horrific accident should act as a painful reminder for everyone that roads are dangerous places; the actions of a single moment have wrecked an entire family and had a lasting impact on everyone around them.

‘Whilst it may be unpleasant to conceive, there is not a single driver who has not been in a similar situation but by luck alone they have avoided a serious crash.’

Consultant pathologist Professor Ian Roberts confirmed the mother-of-four and her eight-year-old daughter Phoebe had died instantly from multiple injuries, while Amelia and six-year-old Simeon died in John Radcliffe Hospital.

Mr Powell survived and their 15-month-old Penny was ejected from the people carrier during the crash but survived the ordeal.  

There was no CCTV or dashcam footage of the accident but following her tragic death, telephone analysis revealed Zoe had been dealing with a marital argument before her death and had suffered ‘broken sleep’ over the weekend.

A photo of Mrs Powell and her children released by her family after the inquest's concluded

A photo of Mrs Powell and her children released by her family after the inquest's concluded

A photo of Mrs Powell and her children released by her family after the inquest’s concluded

Zoe Powell, 29, with Phoebe, eight, Simeon, six, Amelia, four, and her husband Joshua, 30. The couple also have an 18-month-old daughter Penny - not pictured - who survived the crash

Zoe Powell, 29, with Phoebe, eight, Simeon, six, Amelia, four, and her husband Joshua, 30. The couple also have an 18-month-old daughter Penny - not pictured - who survived the crash

Zoe Powell, 29, with Phoebe, eight, Simeon, six, Amelia, four, and her husband Joshua, 30. The couple also have an 18-month-old daughter Penny – not pictured – who survived the crash

Zoe Powell, was killed alongside daughters Amelia, four, and Phoebe, eight, and son Simeon, six, when their silver Subaru collided with a HGV on the A40 near Oxford

Zoe Powell, was killed alongside daughters Amelia, four, and Phoebe, eight, and son Simeon, six, when their silver Subaru collided with a HGV on the A40 near Oxford

Zoe Powell, was killed alongside daughters Amelia, four, and Phoebe, eight, and son Simeon, six, when their silver Subaru collided with a HGV on the A40 near Oxford

Investigating officer PC Lyndsey Blackaby said: ‘She appeared to have been awake at 6am on October 12.

‘Zoe was a much-loved and active member of the community, clearly devoted to her four children, her marriage and her faith.’

Today sitting in the inquest was heartbroken Mr Powell, his parents Kevin and Sue and his late wif’s father John Milroy. Appearing over video link was Zoe’s aunt Diana, her mother Vivienne and her devastated brother.

In a statement read to the court, Mr Powell said: ‘On October 10 I was looking after my four children due to my wife suddenly leaving the house after an argument. I was due to drive to work in Bristol so I drove the children to my parents’ house in Worcester.

‘We went to collect the children on October 12, I had worked the day shift in Barking. We drove to get the children and that is my last recollection, being at my parents house in the evening….my next memory is six to seven days after the collision.

‘I would normally drive at night, Zoe had passed her test in 2010 but she did not overly enjoy driving, she only did it to get from A to B. Zoe would find driving stressful…she mostly drove locally but two to three times a month she would drive further afield.

Zoe Powell, 29, with her daughter Phoebe, eight, who were both killed by the car crash

Zoe Powell, 29, with her daughter Phoebe, eight, who were both killed by the car crash

Zoe Powell, 29, with her daughter Phoebe, eight, who were both killed by the car crash

The Powell children who died in the tragedy last year, Simeon, Phoebe and Amelia

The Powell children who died in the tragedy last year, Simeon, Phoebe and Amelia

The Powell children who died in the tragedy last year, Simeon, Phoebe and Amelia

Our Family: tribute from relatives today

‘The conclusion of the police investigation and the publication of the coroner’s inquest bring closure to what has been a very difficult part of the wider family’s lives.

‘Whilst there is much that we will never fully understand about the crash, it is helpful to comprehend some of the potential explanations of what led to it.

‘We thank the police, coroner and crash investigators for their hard work and thoroughness in it all.

‘The possibility that such a small distraction may have caused such a horrific accident should act as a painful reminder for everyone that roads are dangerous places; the actions of a single moment have wrecked an entire family and had a lasting impact on everyone around them.

‘Whilst it may be unpleasant to conceive, there is not a single driver who has not been in a similar situation but by luck alone they have avoided a serious crash.

‘Driving is not as safe as we sometimes wish it was. We all have a duty to always drive to the best of our abilities and ensure that we keep the roads as safe as possible.

‘As a family we encourage the wider public to learn from our heartbreak and please make sure they make the right choices when driving on the road.

‘It is hard to find the words to pay tribute to the loss we have suffered. We are very grateful that Zoe, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia carried themselves excited by the joy of life.

‘In doing so they have left us with an abundance of happy memories that we can reflect back on fondly. The memories of past joy balance the reality that we will make no more memories together and it is hard to escape the wondering of what life would be like if they were still here.

‘We miss them all greatly but are very glad of the times we had together, and as Christians we find rest knowing that their experience in heaven with Christ surpass anything they knew on earth.

‘We have been touched by the depth of support and generosity that has been provided by friends, family, the church and wider community. This has carried us through some very difficult times.

‘We’d like to thank everyone who has wrapped their arms around us and supported us physically, financially and emotionally.

‘Our thoughts go to those who were at the crash scene that bore witness to this horrific accident, especially the lorry driver.

‘As a family we hold no ill feelings and hold no responsibility towards him, we recognise that none of his actions led to the accident.

‘Our hope is for peace for all who have been troubled by the collision and its aftermath. By the grace of God, Josh and Penny have survived this horrific crash with amazingly minimal long term physical impairment.

‘This is in no small part thanks to the public at the crash itself, the hard work of the emergency services and those within the NHS who provided treatments.

‘As we have learnt more of the events before and after the accident, we are blown away by the depth of humanity shown by the emergency services and the huge effort they made to try to save everyone, especially Simeon and Amelia.

‘We have witnessed first-hand the hard work that has gone into Josh and Penny’s treatment, and seen the amazing transformation in restoring their ability to live life.

‘We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved who has worked to not only help Josh & Penny survive but give them their lives back.

‘The family wish to thank the press for respecting our privacy up to this point, this space has helped us grieve and process the horrific events.

‘We hope that this respect continues as everyone involved tries to rebuild.’

 

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‘I brought the multimac rear seat in the summer of 2019, I brought it second hand and installed it myself. All the children travelled well, they would bicker between themselves and they would always sit in the same seats.’

Today the coroner heard how the infant’s seat had not been strapped in properly, allowing baby Penny to be ejected from the car from the force of the collision.

The court heard how the family had been driving along the A40 towards Oxford when it ‘swerved violently’ into the path of a Spanish goods vehicle weighing 36 tonnes.

Lorry driver Adao Patricio – who had been driving at 42mph at the time of the crash and was uninjured – said: ‘The car was less than one lorry’s length away from me when it changed direction and crossed into my lane.. It came across very quickly, it came at me so fast I did not have time to break.’

Following a collision investigation, PC Murray Maclean speculated the reasons that Mrs Powell could have swerved into the path of an oncoming lorry, which included fatigue and distraction which may have affected her steering.

However, he concluded there was insufficient evidence to back up these theories. PC Maclean added: ‘There were no defects that would have contributed to the collision, no trace of alcohol or drugs in Mrs Powell, no evidence that she suffered from any medical episode.

‘I find no evidence that could account of this definitive action on her part.’

Senior coroner Darren Salter recorded a cause of death by Road Traffic Collision.

He said: ‘There is no evidence that this was a deliberate act but as the collision investigator says there is nothing to rule out this as a possibility, I have to at least consider it.

‘There had been arguments that weekend between Zoe and Josh there were relationship issues being worked, through I’ve seen evidence of telephone messages.

‘Zoe appears positive and displays a positive attitude in her last messages, there is no evidence in the messaging or any other evidence that Zoe had thoughts of harming herself or the children.

‘I can’t rule out the possibility it was a deliberate act as the collision investigator says, but I do not consider it likely. It’s more likely to be due to fatigue or distraction, or a combination of the two, and that the steering input was driver error. The cruise control was engaged and at the last moment that accelerator was pressed in error instead of the brake which is a phenomenon sometimes seen.

‘At around 9.50pm on October 12 last year, Zoe Powell was driving her family east towards oxford on the A40 overbridge at Wolvercote when the car crashed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming lorry resulting in the deaths of Zoe Powell and her children, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia.’

The mother-of-four who was killed in the fatal collision ran two companies, one where she sold story books and Biblical paper goods, and another where she sold a diary to help new mothers cope. Her company website featured a heartwarming family portrait where she could be seen cuddling in a tree with three of her children and her husband.

Zoe Rose Powell ran Zoe Prose and The Mama Book, two online companies where she marketed her artistic talents and colourful designs, neighbours confirmed. She also had a controlling interest in Skylark and Hare Ltd., a company focused on artistic creation the construction of railways, which her husband, Joshua Kevin Powell, was the director of. The Mama Book company was part of Skylark and Hare Ltd.

Mrs Powell, on her The Mama Book website, said: ‘The mama book is a journal and community that was born out of my own need for a space- a physical place to write and focus and reflect on motherhood.

‘When I created this journal for myself I was feeling overwhelmed by the everyday demands of having three young children. One day in the middle of the craziness of having three 3 and unders underfoot I filled a notebook with all the thoughts about mothering that were filling up my head.

‘Since then I have used it daily, tweaked it and refined it. It is the space I wish I had been able to give myself when my first baby was born, and a space that I am continuing to use through each season of mothering.

‘The mama book is all about bringing you some mental space in the midst of motherhood. Giving you a reason to press pause, and a chance reflect on both your big dreams and also the minutiae of your day-to-day, so that you can head back out into each season of mothering with joy and purpose. It is about inspiring us to keep our eyes on both the small moments that matter and the bigger picture.’

References

  1. ^ Dan Sales For Mailonline (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Tributes to mum and three kids who died in horror lorry crash

A 29-year-old mother and three of her children died after their car collided with an oncoming lorry on the A40, Buckinghamshire Live reports[1].

Zoe Powell and children Phoebe, eight, Simeon, six, and Amelia, four, were killed in the crash on the A40 near Oxford on October 12 last year.

Husband Josh and the couple’s youngest child, 18-month-old Penny, were also passengers in the family’ Subaru and survived the crash, which took place at around 9.50pm in the evening.

An inquest at Oxford Coroner’s Court, which concluded today (Thursday, June 10 2021), heard the couple had collected their four children, who had been staying with Mr Powell’s parents in Worcestershire, and were returning to their home in Chinnor, close to the Bucks border, when the crash took place.

To get the latest email updates from South YorkshireLive, click here[2].

Mrs Powell, from Sheffield, was driving the family’s people carrier, which had a specialist car seat system attached to allow the four children to sit beside each other on the back seat.

The inquest heard the crash happened when the Subaru swerved into the path of a fully-laden Renault 480 lorry on the opposite side of the road.

Darren Salter, senior coroner, said he could not rule out the possibility this was a “deliberate act” – but added that he did not consider it likely and that there was “no evidence” that Mrs Powell had thoughts of harming herself or her children.

“It’s more likely to be due to fatigue or distraction, or a combination of the two, and that the steering input was driver error,” Mr Salter said.

Zoe and three of her children died in the crash, with husband Josh and their 18-month-old baby fighting to stay alive

“The cruise control was engaged and at the last moment the accelerator was pressed instead of the brake, which is a phenomenon sometimes seen in these circumstances.”

He reached a conclusion of road traffic collision for Mrs Powell and her three children, and said their deaths occurred when their car “crashed on to the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming lorry”.

Mrs Powell, an artist and author, and daughter Phoebe were both pronounced dead at the scene – with the cause of their deaths given as multiple injuries.

Son Simeon and daughter Amelia were taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, where they later died. Simeon’s cause of death was recorded as traumatic brain injuries while Amelia suffered a severe head injury.

Mr Powell, a railway engineer, said he had no memory of the crash and his last recollection was being at his parents’ home that evening in a statement read out at the inquest.

Lorry driver Adao Patricio described seeing the Subaru approaching on the opposite side of the road before “suddenly” changing direction and swerving into the lane he was driving on.

He told the inquest: “I had nowhere to go. The car came across onto my side of the road very quickly – I don’t know how that could even happen.

“It was travelling fast but I would not say it was travelling at excess speed. I didn’t have time to brake before the car hit my lorry.”

Mr Patricio said his lorry weighed 18,000kg and had a full cargo of 18,000kg, meaning a combined weight of 36,000kg.

The Powell family

The inquest heard youngest daughter Penny was thrown out of the car by the impact of the collision and was found crying on the ground by drivers who had stopped after the crash.

In a report, investigating officer Pc Lyndsey Blackaby said Penny received first aid at the scene and was later discharged from hospital.

Mr Powell was extracted from the wreckage of the Subaru and spent several months in hospital recovering from serious injuries.

Describing Mrs Powell, Pc Blackaby said: “Zoe Powell was a much-loved, respected and active member of the community.

“She was clearly devoted to her four children, her marriage and her faith.”

The inquest heard an investigation did not find any issues with Mr Patricio’s driving before the collision and there was “no clear reason” why the Subaru swerved into the path of his lorry.

Pc Murray Maclean, a forensic collision investigator, said he could find no evidence of braking or loss of control on the road prior to the impact.

Data recovered from the Subaru showed it was steered to the right, then to the left, and the accelerator was fully pressed down in the seconds before the crash.

Pc Maclean said Mr Patricio had “no real chance” of avoiding what happened.

The coroner described the incident as “tragic” and offered his condolences to the families of Mrs Powell and her husband, who attended the hearing.

In a statement issued through Thames Valley Police following the inquest, the family thanked police and the coroner.

The statement read: ““The conclusion of the police investigation and the publication of the coroner’s inquest bring closure to what has been a very difficult part of the wider family’s lives.

“Whilst there is much that we will never fully understand about the crash, it is helpful to comprehend some of the potential explanations of what led to it.

“We thank the police, coroner and crash investigators for their hard work and thoroughness in it all.

“The possibility that such a small distraction may have caused such a horrific accident should act as a painful reminder for everyone that roads are dangerous places; the actions of a single moment have wrecked an entire family and had a lasting impact on everyone around them.

“Whilst it may be unpleasant to conceive, there is not a single driver who has not been in a similar situation but by luck alone they have avoided a serious crash.

“Driving is not as safe as we sometimes wish it was. We all have a duty to always drive to the best of our abilities and ensure that we keep the roads as safe as possible.

“As a family we encourage the wider public to learn from our heartbreak and please make sure they make the right choices when driving on the road.

“It is hard to find the words to pay tribute to the loss we have suffered. We are very grateful that Zoe, Phoebe, Simeon and Amelia carried themselves excited by the joy of life.”

Paying tribute, they added: “In doing so they have left us with an abundance of happy memories that we can reflect back on fondly. The memories of past joy balance the reality that we will make no more memories together and it is hard to escape the wondering of what life would be like if they were still here.

“We miss them all greatly but are very glad of the times we had together, and as Christians we find rest knowing that their experience in heaven with Christ surpass anything they knew on earth.

“We have been touched by the depth of support and generosity that has been provided by friends, family, the church and wider community. This has carried us through some very difficult times.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has wrapped their arms around us and supported us physically, financially and emotionally.

“Our thoughts go to those who were at the crash scene that bore witness to this horrific accident, especially the lorry driver.

“As a family we hold no ill feelings and hold no responsibility towards him, we recognise that none of his actions led to the accident.

“Our hope is for peace for all who have been troubled by the collision and its aftermath. By the grace of God, Josh and Penny have survived this horrific crash with amazingly minimal long term physical impairment.

“This is in no small part thanks to the public at the crash itself, the hard work of the emergency services and those within the NHS who provided treatments.

“As we have learnt more of the events before and after the accident, we are blown away by the depth of humanity shown by the emergency services and the huge effort they made to try to save everyone, especially Simeon and Amelia.

“We have witnessed first-hand the hard work that has gone into Josh and Penny’s treatment, and seen the amazing transformation in restoring their ability to live life.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved who has worked to not only help Josh & Penny survive but give them their lives back.

“The family wish to thank the press for respecting our privacy up to this point, this space has helped us grieve and process the horrific events.

“We hope that this respect continues as everyone involved tries to rebuild.”

References

  1. ^ Buckinghamshire Live reports (www.buckinghamshirelive.com)
  2. ^ click here (www.leeds-live.co.uk)