Mitzi Rosanna Steady
Mitzi Rosanna SteadyAvon and Somerset Police

A four-year-old girl and three adults were killed when a truck careered out of control near a school in Bath.

The driver of the Scania truck appeared to be having brake trouble as he came down Lansdown Lane in Upper Weston at around 4pm on Monday,

The girl, named Mitzi Rosanna Steady, was reportedly walking with her mother and grandmother when she was hit. Three men from south Wales also died inside a Volvo car. A 59-year-old man from Cwmbran and two men, aged 52 and 34, from Swansea.

An investigation is now underway to establish the cause of the accident, which also injured four more people, three of whom were taken to Royal United Hospital in Bath. One was discharged overnight.

The other injured person - the girl's grandmother - was taken by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital, and remains in a critical condition.

Today the family released a short tribute, which read: "Mitzi Rosanna Steady aged four, loved and missed by us all."

A prayer service was due to be held this morning at 10am for the victims of the crash.

Local vicar Rev Patrick Whitworth said the service would be held at All Saints Church from 10am.

"Nothing like this has ever happened in the village before, everyone is in a state of shock," he said.

"So the service is for everyone in the community as we remember what happened yesterday and pray, especially for those who have been bereaved, remember those who died, in particular a little girl, I believe, who died tragically."

Don Foster, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, said the community was "in shock".

"It is a road where we have put speed limits in and flashing lights because it is quite a steep hill coming down," he said.

"We are still waiting to get more details as to what the cause was. It is obviously devastating, tragic and awful, but until we know more we cannot speculate."

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Young girl dies and three adults killed in crash in Upper Weston.Getty

Nearby Weston All Saints Primary school would be closed on Tuesday.