School Run River Tragedy

An investigation is continuing after a man died when two cars carrying members of the same family on the morning school run, left a road and went into a river. It happened in Buxton in Derbyshire yesterday.

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Man killed in Buxton river car crash

Two children and their mother are still recovering after a crash in which their father was killed in Buxton.

David Cox was driving his daughter to school when his car skidded off the road and plunged into a river.

A second car containing his wife and son crashed into the river moments later.

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Wintry weather 'contributing factor' to river car tragedy

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue say the wintry weather was a 'contributing factor' in the accident in which a family in two cars plunged into a river, killing dad David Cox.

Today there is no evidence of the tragedy that had unfolded along the snowy and icy bridleway which runs close to the River Wye, not far from the A6.

Both cars were recovered from the scene of the accident late yesterday afternoon.

Derbyshire Police said an investigation is under way into the circumstances surrounding the crash and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

Neighbours heard 'there's been an accident, Daddy is trapped'

The neighbours of the family involved in the river tragedy when their cars left the road and plunged into a river killing dad David Cox say they heard shouting 'Daddy is trapped'.

Neighbour Victoria Bamber said Mr Cox's son came running down the country lane shouting for help to free his father.

"He came banging on the door saying 'There's been an accident, Daddy is trapped'.

"When I got to the scene, I could only see the silver 4x4 upside down in the water and Ruth was desperately trying to find David."

– Victoria Bamber

Mrs Bamber said she and others waded into the freezing cold water to try to free Mr Cox, smashing the window with a large rock so the central locking failed and the car doors would open.

It is thought daughter Tess escaped through the rear window which had smashed.

A police officer who arrived on the scene also waded into the water to help but, despite the efforts of emergency services personnel, Mr Cox could not be saved.

BBC pays tribute to dad killed in school run river tragedy

The head of the BBC has paid tribute to employee David Cox who was killed in Derbyshire yesterday when his car left the road and overturned in a river while he and his wife took their children to school.

Mr Cox and his wife Ruth were driving their children Tess, 11 and Loan, 9, in separate cars when they both skidded off of the road and into the River Wye.

Tess managed to escape her fathers car after around 4o minutes and get to the riverbank as did wife Ruth and Loan.

Despite neighbours launching a desperate rescue attempt to try and free Mr Cox he later died in hospital.

Acting BBC Director General Tim Davie praised Mr Cox's role in the corporation's coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"We are very sad to learn of David's tragic death. He was a popular member of the Future Media team in Salford and had been key to the success of the red button service during the Olympics in the summer.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues here at the BBC at this difficult time."

First picture: Dad killed in school run river tragedy

The first picture of David Cox, the dad killed after his car left the road and overturned in a Derbyshire river has been released. To see the photo follow this link to the Daily Mail.

The 42-year old was driving along a bridle path close to the Monsal Trail, north of the A6 when the car left the road.

Mr Cox's daughter who is 11, managed to escape.

Minutes later, a car with Mr Cox's wife and nine-year old son also left the road and entered the river.

Both managed to escape.

Mr Cox was taken to Stepping Hill hospital where he later died.

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Man who died in river tragedy named

Man who died in river tragedy named Credit: ITV Central

A man who died after his car left the road and into a river in Buxton, Derbyshire, has been named as David Cox.

The 42-year old was driving along a bridle path close to the Monsal Trail, north of the A6 when the car left the road.

Mr Cox's daughter who is 11, managed to escape.

Minutes later, a car with Mr Cox's wife and nine-year old son also left the road and entered the river.

Both managed to escape.

Mr Cox was taken to Stepping Hill hospital where he later died.

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