A man and a woman in their 70s have become the latest Storm Babet victims after plummeting to their deaths from a bridge in North Yorkshire.

The pair were driving a red Vauxhall Grandland through torrential downpous when they collided with a bridge barrier on the A629 Western Bypass near Skipton at around 1.20pm yesterday (Saturday, October 21) at 1.20pm. The car then fell at least 10 metres, North Yorkshire Police confirmed.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was airlifted to hospital, but died shortly after arriving. A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "The collision occurred at 1.20pm on the A629 Western Bypass.

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"It involved a dark red Vauxhall Grandland that was travelling south on the bypass in the direction of Keighley from the Gargrave Road roundabout. The vehicle left the carriageway, collided with the bridge barrier and landed near to the canal on Broughton Road.

"Sadly the driver of the vehicle, a man in his 70s from West Yorkshire, was pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger, also in her 70s, was taken to hospital in a critical condition, and was pronounced dead a short time later." The spokesperson added the pair's next of kin had been informed of their deaths.

Police have appealed for information including dashcam footage. Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 12230200190.

This is the latest in a string of deaths caused since Storm Babet began battering the country on Wednesday (October 18). The body of a 57-year-old was swept into the water off Lee in Glen Esk earlier this week, shortly before a 56-year-old was killed in Angus, Scotland, when a tree came crashing down onto a van.

On Friday evening a man from Shropshire died after getting swept up in floodwater at Cleobury Mortimer. More weather chaos is expected today (Sunday, October 22) and tomorrow before the storm finally clears at the start of next week.

Yellow weather warnings for ice are in place across parts of Scotland as the last of the storm clears.

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