An 18-month-old girl whose mother and three family members were killed in a road crash is said to be in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital, police have said.
The toddler, named locally as Holly Hind, is said to be accompanied at hospital by her father following the crash between a tanker, a car and a van on the A44 between Llangurig and Ponterwyd in Wales yesterday afternoon. She is being treated at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for serious head injuries, Dyfed Powys Police said.
Four members of the same family - the girl's mother Alison Hind, 28, the girl's uncle Martyn Pugh, 47, and his mother- and father-in-law Margaret and John Kehoe, aged 65 and 72 - were travelling east in a Ford Focus when they were involved in the crash.
Family friend Gareth Morgan, who has sat on Powys County Council for 40 years, said the community would be hurt at the loss of four residents.
He said: "I knew Martyn well, he was from a very well-known family in the area who had lived here for many, many years.
"He was a very kind, very happy man, and the carer for his father-in-law.
"This is absolutely tragic, heart-breaking, and I don't think it has really sunk in yet.
"There are many, many people in this community that are related and most will be feeling the pain of this.
"Of course, we will send all our support to the family and embrace those who have been left grieving.
"My information is that news from the hospital for the little girl is optimistic."
A police spokesman said detectives are continuing to investigate the collision.
They said the Ford Focus was travelling east on the A44, the van was driving in the same direction behind it and the tanker was coming in the opposite direction, at 2.55pm when the crash happened.
The spokesman said: "An 18-month-old girl remains in the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff in a serious but stable condition.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this incredibly difficult time. Next of kin are being kept informed and are being supported by specialist officers."
The road was re-opened by approx 2.40 this morning. Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the A44 at the relevant time and witnessed the vehicles to contact them on 101.
Eluned Thomas, from Eisteddfa Gurig farm about two miles away, called the emergency services after a woman alerted her to the accident.
She said the tanker was travelling towards Aberystwyth and she believed the other vehicles were going in the opposite direction.
Mrs Thomas said road traffic accidents "happen all the time" in the area.
"It's a windy road the A44. It's a trunk road. It's a very important and busy main road," she added.
She said the woman asked her to call for help because there was no mobile phone coverage at the crash site.