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Elderly man dies after vehicle submerged in floodwater in England

A number of roads across the region have been badly affected by flooding this week.

The scene of the incident in the Rushall area of Walsall, England
The scene of the incident in the Rushall area of Walsall, England
Image: Peter Bowles via West Midlands Ambulance Service

A MAN IN his 80s has died in England after his vehicle became submerged in floodwater following flash flooding in Walsall, West Midlands.

Police were called to the scene at Lichfield, Rushall, shortly after 2am this morning to reports that a vehicle had entered the water.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a hazardous area response team also attended the scene.

On arrival, ambulance staff found a flooded road with two vehicles in the water.

The victim, who is believed to be in his 80s, was taken to hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

“Firefighters who had entered the water had found an elderly man at the vehicle and taken him to an ambulance crew who were at the water’s edge,” a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said.

The ambulance crew carried out advanced life support before taking the man to Walsall Manor Hospital. However, he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

West Midlands Police have said that his next of kin have been informed.

A second person was found in the water, however, West Midlands Ambulance Service said he was unhurt. It is not believed that this person was from one of the vehicles.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the man who died today,” Chief Inspector Paul Ditta, of West Midlands Police, said.

“There are a number of roads affected across the region that have been badly affected by the flooding,” he said.

“Many people will be heading away for the half-term break and I’d urge people to take care on the roads and allow extra time to travel.”

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