Earith river car crash victim named by Cambridgeshire Police

Fire officer and police at scene of river death
Image caption A passer by and emergency crews tried to help Graham Gillson but he died on the way to hospital

A man who died after his car fell into a swollen Cambridgeshire river has been identified by police.

Graham Gillson, 70, from Somersham, was driving on the B1050 near Earith when his silver Nissan Note left the road at 16:50 GMT on Saturday.

Police said a member of the public managed to rescue Mr Gillson from the river before paramedics arrived, but he died on his way to hospital.

Cambridgeshire Police have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

A police spokesman said an investigation into the cause of the crash was under way.

Karl Bowden from Cambridgeshire Fire Service said: "The conditions were quite bad. There was reduced visibility because of extreme rain, there was a lot of gusting winds and it was very cold and a lot of standing water on the roads."

Flood warnings are in place across Cambridgeshire as river levels continue to rise after heavy weekend rainfall.

The Environment Agency said low-lying land and properties have flooded by the River Nene between Elton and Wansford, near Peterborough.

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