Second person dies after car is swept away in river swollen from torrential rain

November 26, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

A pensioner died when his car plunged into a swollen river in torrential rain, it emerged today.

Graham Gilson, 70, was driving a silver Nissan Note when he came off the A1123 at Earith, Cambs., on Saturday evening and plunged in to the River Great Ouse.

He was pulled from the water by a member of the public, who started CPR before paramedics arrrived, but died on the way to hospital.

The River Ouse in Cambridgeshire floods Huntingdon Racecourse, close to where pensioner died after his car was swept away in the torrential rain

The River Ouse in Cambridgeshire floods Huntingdon Racecourse, close to where pensioner died after his car was swept away in the torrential rain

His death came as heavy downpours and severe flooding blighted areas across the UK with many families forced to evacuate their homes.

Roads affected by surface water included the A1096 at Harrison Way – close to the location of the fatal crash – which had a temporary closure in place.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The weather was very bad at the time with heavy rain but we cannot confirm at this stage whether the weather was the direct cause.”

Cambridgeshire Constabulary today described Mr Gilson’s death as a “tragic accident.”

Mike Marshall surveys the flood water hitting his village in Somerset. Much of the South West of England has been flooded over the past few days

Mike Marshall surveys the flood water hitting his village in Somerset. Much of the South West of England has been flooded over the past few days

A road is completely submerged near East Lyng, Somerset, today as floods continue to cause travel chaos in the South west

A road is completely submerged near East Lyng, Somerset, today as floods continue to cause travel chaos in the South west

A  spokesman said: “We are investigating and would like to hear from anyone who saw the crash or the vehicle just prior.”

The spokesman said it was not clear what caused the crash, but weather conditions would be considered as part of the investigation.

He added: “This particular accident could have happened at any time of year.

Flood water from the River Severn covers the Malvern Road in Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire today

Flood water from the River Severn covers the Malvern Road in Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire today

Two canoeists take to the floodwaters that cover Worcester's Pitchcroft racecourse after the River Severn burst it's banks

Two canoeists take to the floodwaters that cover Worcester’s Pitchcroft racecourse after the River Severn burst it’s banks

“The cause is being investigated. The road conditions will be investigated as part of our enquiries.

“It was a tragic accident.”

Mr Gillson, from Somersham, Cambs., came off the B1050 Shelfords Road near between Earith and Willingham at 4.50pm on Saturday.

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