Britain's weather death toll rises to seven

Britain's weather death toll has risen to seven after a motorist died in a crash between a lorry and a van on a snow hit road.

The victim, a 46-year-old man who was driving the van, was pronounced dead at the scene on the A34 in Hampshire.

Earlier a 75-year-old woman was found frozen to death under a parked car in Farsley, near Leeds, West Yorks.

The woman's body was found lying underneath this car in the Farlsey area of Leeds this morning. A blue police tent was erected over her body.

The woman's body was found lying underneath this car in the Farlsey area of Leeds this morning. A blue police tent was erected over her body.

It comes a day after a man in his 60s died after having apparently fallen through ice over a frozen lake in Welling, south east London as he tried to rescue his dog.  

On Tuesday in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire four people died in two separate road accidents.

At 7.18am this morning officers were called to reports of a collision involving a lorry and a van, on the southbound carriageway of the A34.

The driver of the van, a 46-year-old from Southampton, Hants, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His front seat passenger was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where his condition is described as ‘life-changing’.

The lorry driver was uninjured in the accident on the border with Berkshire, two miles north of Tothill Services.   

It came after a 75-year-old woman was discovered by a passer-by underneath a parked car near her home in -6C (21F) temperatures. 

It is not known how long the elderly woman had been laid there unnoticed, but police said there is nothing to suggest her death is suspicious. 

It is understood the woman, believed to have been confused shortly before her death, lived close to where she was discovered in Farsley, near Leeds, West Yorks.

She is said to have been found by a commuter on their way to work. 

Police are now appealing for witnesses who could have seen the woman in the early hours.

The elderly woman, 75, was discovered lying in the snow by a commuter on her way to work in blizzard conditions

The elderly woman, 75, was

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