Two people die as winter storms ravage Britain

Written by Gina Chon, CNN

Wild weather over the past week has claimed the lives of at least two people, British police said on Tuesday.

One pedestrian was hit by a snowplough on Monday in the Midlands region of the country, and the other died after being swept away by a river.

Police said the pedestrian had been in the road when she was hit by the vehicle. Her condition was described as “not serious.”

A tweet from Walsall and West Midlands Police said the pedestrian had died after being hit by a snowplough in the Mulberry Grove area of nearby Wednesfield.

“A woman has sadly died after being hit by a snowplough in Mulberry Grove today,” it said. “The collision occurred on Wednesfield Road (off Mulberry Grove) at the junction with Wednesfield Lane (near the Asda supermarket).”

A second woman died after being swept away by a river in Buckinghamshire, the north west of the country.

The RSPCA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) named her as 62-year-old Eileen Snowball, from Buckingham.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Eileen Snowball,” said James Cocking, RSPCA spokesman.

Snowball was found dead in shallow water beside the River Thames just after 1 p.m. (1.30 p.m. ET), when flooding in the area had subsided, according to the charity.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to deal with a house fire in the area just after 2 p.m. A fire and rescue spokeswoman said the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Winter storms lashed northern Britain this week, dropping several inches of snow on the country on Monday, the first major snowfall since 2014.

Snowy patches have caused transport chaos in some regions over the past week, with major road and rail networks across the country hit. The disruption has resulted in some delays and cancellations for flights and transport, according to airlines.

Dozens of flights in and out of London City Airport were canceled on Monday, and there were severe weather warnings for snow in the capital.

Flights into and out of Stansted Airport in Essex were also delayed, according to The Guardian.

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