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Bath crash: Tributes paid to Phil Allen and Robert Parker

Phil Allen was described as a 'wonderful son' Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Phil Allen was described as a 'wonderful son'

Tributes have been paid to two victims of a crash involving a tipper truck in Bath that killed four people.

Western Power Distribution executives Phil Allen, 52, and Robert Parker, 59, of Cwmbran, were killed on Monday when the truck hit the Volvo they were travelling in.

Chauffeur Stephen Vaughan, from Swansea, who was driving the car was also killed.

Mitzi Steady, four, from Bath, also died in the crash on Lansdown Lane.

BBC Wales understands Mr Parker and Mr Allen were travelling to a retirement function when the incident happened.

Mr Allen's mother, Heulwen Allen, said her son was a gentle and thoughtful man.

"He had worked so hard to get where he was in his job, he was such a nice boy," the 74-year-old said.

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Image caption Phil Allen was killed along with two others from south Wales
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Image caption Chauffeur Stephen Vaughan was also from Swansea
Image caption Mitzi Rosanna Steady, four, died and her grandmother was critically injured

Mr Allen, who was married with two children and a grandchild, was in the car driven by Mr Vaughan, 34, who ran EliteXecutive Travel.

Widow Mrs Allen said her son was her last surviving child.

Mrs Allen's first daughter was stillborn and her second died when she was a month old.

Her second son, Paul who had spina bifida, died five years ago aged 50.

"We have always been a close family and I will carry on for my wonderful daughter-in-law, Louise, who is a wonderful person and two grandchildren and great granddaughter," she said.

A spokesman from Western Power Distribution said Mr Allen, a resources and external affairs director, and Robert Parker, a planning and special regulation projects manager, were both well respected by friends and staff.

"... we are all deeply shocked by this tragic event. Our thoughts are with their wives and families at this very sad time," the spokesman said.

Avon and Somerset Police is investigating how the crash happened.

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

Image caption Avon and Somerset Police at the scene of the crash

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