River Wye crash victim named as David Cox

By Lauren Grice

A man who was killed when two cars carrying members of the same family crashed into the River Wye has been named as David Cox.

The 42-year-old, who worked at the BBC in Salford, was heading along the A6 in Buxton on a school run when the incident occurred.

He skidded off a bridle path that runs close to the Monsal Trail and plunged into the river. His 11-year-old daughter managed to escape from the car and get to safety.

Minutes after the accident, a second car, driven by Mr Cox’s wife and carrying the pair’s nine-year-old son, also entered the Wye.

Both occupants managed to flee the vehicle and swim to safety. However, despite attempts from local residents to help, Mr Cox was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital, where he later died.

Paul Hawker, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service station manager, was among the first people to attend the scene and claimed that the icy conditions had contributed to the accident, according to a fire service spokeswoman.

Speaking to BBC News, Roux Joubert, head of TV and Mobile platforms at BBC Salford’s Future Media team, praised Mr Cox as a key member of the organisation.

“He will be sorely missed by everyone here and our thoughts are with his family at this time,” he said.

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