A road sweeping driver has died after his vehicle crashed into the river in Barry Avenue, Windsor on Wednesday morning at about 9.15am.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the accident. The vehicle was cleaning the pavements on the Promenade at Barry Avenue when the accident happened - the driver was alone in the vehicle.

Two crews from Slough Fire Station were sent to the scene, alongside specialist support vehicle from Maidenhead.

The man had been rescued from the water before the crews arrived. They gave first aid before placing him in the care of South Central Ambulance Service. They were on the scene for around 25 minutes.

The man, who is in his 50s and comes from Wokingham was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Darren Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer at Tivoli, the Royal Borough's contactors who employed the man, said: “The Tivoli community has been devastated by this tragic event. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the individual involved, and our priority now is providing support to them during this difficult time.

"At this stage the cause of the incident is not yet known, however an investigation has been launched and we are fully co-operating with the relevant authorities."

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses.

They have released a statement saying: "His next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. The death is being treated as unexplained but non-suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner."

Sergeant Mark Gawthrop of the Joint Operations Road Policing Unit based at Taplow, said: “Our thoughts remain with his family. At this time we are making enquiries on behalf of the coroner, but we are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

“Anyone with information can go online or call 101 quoting reference 263 18/12/19”.

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