The family of two brothers and a 32-year-old woman who were killed in a crash on the M6 on Christmas day have described how their festive joy turned into tragedy.
They were on their way to a wedding in Bolton.
Brothers Adnan Habib, 10, and Arsalaan Habib, 4, and their mother’s aunt, Bushra Tazarib, 32, all died.
"Christmas day began with all the joy all over the UK. We, asthe rest of the nation, had the build-up to the Christmas holidays, attendingschool plays and preparing for a family wedding.
"The joy turned into tragedy in a split second, when we lostour boys moments apart and our beloved auntie.
"Adnan and Arsalaan were our family’s precious jewels,spreading joy wherever they went. They were happy and joyous boys who were a centralpart of the family, always smiling and bringing smiles to everyone they met.
– Family statement
"Bushra had been part of the family by marriage for almost 14 years, and was a vital person. Always helping and supporting every member at all times, regardless of difficulty and joy. Bushra was so loving of all children, even though she was not blessed of any of her own.
"We thank everyone for their kind words of support, and we would like everyone to remember them in your prayers."
The family of a woman who died in a crash on the M6 on Christmas Day has said she was "always helping and supporting" her family.
In a statement they said: "Bushra had been part of the family by marriage for almost 14 years, and was a vital person.
"Always helping and supporting every member at all times, regardless of difficulty and joy. Bushra was so loving of all children, even though she was not blessed of any of her own."
In a statement Adnan and Arsalaan Habib's family described the brothers as their "family's precious jewels, spreading joy wherever they went".
The statement added: "They were happy and joyous boys who were a central part of the family, always smiling and bringing smiles to everyone they met."
Police have named the three people killed in a crash on the M6 in Staffordshire yesterday. They were two young brothers: Adnan Habib, aged 10, and Mohammed Arsalaan Habib, aged 4, and a 32-year-old woman, Bushra Tazarib.
They were travelling from their home in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire to a family wedding in Greater Manchester.
Two women who were also injured in the incident have been discharged from hospital. One was the mother of the two boys and was driving the car. The other was also a relative.
Police are continuing to appeal for information about the incident. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Central Motorway Police Group's Collision Investigation Unit on 01785 234094.
Police confirmed last night that the three people killed in the accident were two young brothers aged four and 10 and a 32-year-old woman.
The driver of the car, believed to be the boy's mother, and another female passenger, were taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Chief Supt. Martin Evans: “Colleagues from the emergency services have worked seamlessly throughout the day in these very sad and exceptionally difficult circumstances. Unfortunately, the outcome is extremely tragic, our thoughts are with the families of those who have died.”
The boys were aged 4 and 10. The driver of the car, believed to be the boy's mother, and another female passenger, remain in a stable condition in hospital.
The crash occurred on the northbound carriageway near junction 15 at around 11.25am this morning.
The motorway has now reopened.