Paul Hawker, Station Manager at Buxton Fire Station, says people battled in vain to save the driver whose car plunged into the icy river.
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Bolton cycling Gold Medalist Jason Kenny has announced he's to marry fellow Olympic champion Laura Trott.
Ex-Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has tipped his old club to finish in the top three of the Premier League.
The Met Office says there will be rain and snow for many parts of our region over the next few days.