Police name death crash brothers

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: A general view of the crash scene on the M6 northbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15 A general view of the crash scene on the M6 northbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15

Two young brothers killed in a motorway crash on Christmas Day have been named by police.

Adnan Habib, 10, and Mohammed Arsalaan Habib, four, died after the car they were travelling in crashed and overturned on the M6 near Stoke-on-Trent at about 11.25am on Tuesday.

A 32-year-old woman passenger in the car also died. She was named by Staffordshire Police as Bushra Tazarib. Police did not reveal what her relationship with the boys was.

All three were from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, and had been travelling north on the M6 to attend a family wedding in Greater Manchester, Staffordshire Police said.

The boys' mother - who was driving the red Ford Focus - and a female relative who was a fellow passenger were both injured, and were taken to hospital.

They have been discharged from the University of North Staffordshire Hospital, police said.

Chief Superintendent Martin Evans, of the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), described the incident as "unimaginably sad and tragic".

He said: "The thoughts of all officers and emergency services colleagues involved are with the bereaved families at this extremely difficult time and specially trained family liaison officers have been appointed to support them."

Meanwhile, officers have issued a public appeal for more information to try and piece together what might have caused the accident, which is believed to have involved one vehicle.

Investigations are in the hands of the CMPG Collision Investigation Unit, which can be contacted on 01785 234094. The incident led police to close the motorway in both directions for three hours from junction 14 at Stafford, to junction 15 at Stoke.

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