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Woman only survivor of horror crash

A woman has been recovering after a car crash which killed her husband, mother and two teenage foster sons.

Denise Griffith, 55, was at the wheel of the Peugeot 807 when it plunged into a reservoir in mid Wales during a family Easter holiday. Mrs Griffith escaped with minor injuries, but the other passengers could not be saved.

The four family members were named by Dyfed Powys Police after what was described by community leaders as "a great, great tragedy". Emyr Glyn Griffith, 66, Phyllis Iris Hooper, 84, Peter Briscome and Liam Govier, both 14, all died in the smash at Bwlch y Gle Dam, Clywedog, Llanidloes, on the B4518.

Mrs Griffith was said to be "deeply traumatised" and has been aided by police family liaison officers as she deals with the aftermath of the tragedy. The family, from Pontypridd, near Cardiff, had been holidaying together in the Machynlleth area.

The Peugeot careered off a road on Wednesday afternoon after a collision another car. A 23-year-old man from the Llanidloes area, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has since been released on police bail. He was driving a Ford Mondeo which has been held by police for examination.

Neighbours of the family reacted with shock. "This is so tragic," said John Davies, who lived in the same road. "They were such a nice family, people who would do anything for you."

Community leaders in Pontypridd also expressed their shock at the tragedy, describing Mr and Mrs Griffith as wonderful and loving parents. Bethany Baptist Church pastor Darren Rogers said: "Denise and Emyr had provided a loving home for a number of children throughout the years and lived for their children, who were loved unconditionally."

Gareth Morgan, a Powys County councillor representing the Llanidloes area, also spoke of the shock people are feeling at the deaths. "This has touched people on many levels even though they were not from the area," he said.

Examination of the scene and the two cars involved in the collision are still being carried out by Dyfed Powys Police.

Despite being regarded as a local beauty spot, the road itself has a reputation for being potentially treacherous. A similar incident happened close to the same area more than a decade ago when a car plunged into the reservoir, killing one person.

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