Flood death investigations

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Man dies when the car he was travelling was completely submerged in flood water Photo: ITV Meridian

A man who died when the car he was travelling in was completely submerged in water was being driven by his wife, it's emerged. The 52 year old passenger was pulled from the flooded ford on Thornford Road, near Compton Wood, at around 9am this morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 54 year old woman driver was able to get free of the vehicle and was taken to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital to be treated for shock. The couple are a husband and wife from the Middlesex area.

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The man was pulled from the flooded car but was pronounced dead immediately Credit: ITV Meridian

“We believe the car drove into the ford from the Hampshire side where it appears as though it was swept downstream and became submerged.

“On arrival, we co-ordinated a rescue operation with the fire service to try and free the man. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We know that the ford was flooded and we are now conducting an investigation to establish the exact circumstances of this incident and will be preparing a file for the coroner.

“If you have any information that could help us with our enquiries, please contact the police.”

– Inspector Jon Snook from Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing unit