Man and woman die after car became trapped in deep '15ft high' floodwater


A man and a woman have died after the Mercedes they were travelling in became stuck in flood water in Liverpool where levels reportedly rose to "15ft high".

Merseyside Police were called to Queens Drive in Mossley Hill at around 9.20pm on Saturday after reports two people were trapped in a car submerged in water under a bridge.

Members of the public attempted to help the pair after they drove into the flooded part of the road, between North Mossley Hill Road and Dovedale Road, but they did not survive.

Police have said the pair, who were inside a black Mercedes Class 180, were taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.

Police patrols assisted by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services were at the scene until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Dalton said: "Our thoughts go out to the family of the man and woman who sadly lost their lives in this tragic incident, despite the best efforts of passing members of the public, our officers and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services at the scene.

"We are at the early stages of an ongoing investigation on Queens Drive to establish the circumstances of this tragic incident. Road closures remain in the area as we continue with this investigation and motorists are advised to avoid the road."

"We are continuing to appeal to anyone who was on Queens Drive, between North Mossley Hill Road and Dovedale Road at around 9.20pm last night and saw the accident, or who stopped to try and help or anyone who had any dashcam footage from their car to come forward as soon as possible.

"Similarly, if you live in the area and have any doorbell or CCTV footage from last night please share this with us. Thank you for your patience whilst we deal with this tragic incident."

The road, which dips as it goes beneath the bridge, is said to be renowned for flooding with multiple cars reportedly getting stuck there in the last few months. In this instance, the rain came down thick and fast and one local said it was the "deepest" flooding he had ever seen at the location.

One eyewitness, who described seeing water around 15ft high, believes the flooding may have been because of a burst pipe.

Rebecca Wilson, 27, was travelling along Queens Drive when her taxi nearly went into the water. 

She told Liverpool Echo: "We went to turn around the car and all of a sudden it looked like a waterfall coming down from the side of the bridge. As I looked back out of the window I turned to my mates and told them I thought I had just seen red lights under the water and I thought maybe someone had become stuck. I rang the police just to be safe."

She added: "The water just came out of nowhere and the rain was so heavy that night and a part of me just wished I had turned back and gone home. It was terrifying and I just thought I was seeing things at first and then I saw on the news that there was a car in there this morning.

"The water was gushing down like a waterfall and it was tonnes and tonnes of water. It looked like a burst dam and I think it must have been 15ft high right at the bottom of the dip."

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