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Bath truck crash: Three Welsh men and girl, 4, killed

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Media captionTwo of the men have been named as Stephen Vaughan and Phil Allen from Swansea

Tributes have been paid to the victims of a crash in Bath where three men from south Wales and a local child died.

Chauffer Stephen Vaughan, 34, and businessman Phil Allen, 52, both from the Swansea area, died after after a Scania tipper truck crashed into cars and pedestrians on Monday afternoon.

A 59-year-old man from Cwmbran, also died.

Four-year-old Mitzi Rosanna Steady died and her grandmother was critically hurt as they walked along Lansdown Lane.

It is understood the three men who died were travelling in a Volvo car at the time of the crash.

Mr Vaughan, known to friends as Stevie, was business manager of EliteXecutive Travel, based in Swansea, who was hired to collect the two other victims from Bath.

Mr Allen was resources and external affairs director for Cardiff-based electricity company Western Power. He was married with two children and lived in Loughor, Swansea.

Mr Vaughan married fiancee Sian in Turkey last year and lived in Penyrheol, Swansea.

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Image caption Mitzi Rosanna Steady died after being hit by the truck
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Image caption Relatives of Phil Allen have visited the scene of the Bath crash to lay tributes
Image caption A Swansea City scarf and a Cyril the Swan teddy with a message was among the tributes

A friend, who did not want to be named, said: "Sian is totally and utterly devastated. They had not even been married for a year.

"Stevie was a dedicated husband and a successful businessman, too. It was admirable how he built his business up and made a real go of it, too."

The other businessman has not yet been named.

Swansea City FC offered its "sincere condolences" following the deaths.

A club spokesman said: "Swansea City is a close-knit club that tries hard to maintain strong links with its fans and the community as a whole.

"As a result everyone at the club feels the loss deeply when a member of our own Swans family is taken away from us.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with them, their families and friends on such a sad occasion.''

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Image caption The tipper truck was carrying a load of aggregate which spilled across the pavement
Image caption The Scania truck hit several vehicles and pedestrians in Lansdown Lane on Monday

Following the crash, eyewitness Brian Fisher, who was working nearby told how he was one of the first to try to help the victims.

He said: "We rushed there and tried to do what we could, to lift bits of the car off and get them out, but you wouldn't recognise it as a car.

"I couldn't even tell you what make it was - the damage was that bad."

He described the scene as "carnage, absolute carnage".

Ch Insp Norman Pascal of Avon and Somerset Police said: "This is a tragic incident in which three men and a young girl have lost their lives and we're carrying out a full and meticulous investigation to find out what happened."

Mitzi's family released a short statement saying "Mitzi Rosanna Steady aged four, loved and missed by us all", and asked for privacy.

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