THE GRIEVING family of two young boys and a woman who died in the tragic Christmas Day crash on the M6 have paid tribute to Tribute to their lost loved ones.
Adnan Habib, 10, Mohammed Arsalaan Habib, 4, and Bushra Tazarib, were driving from their homes in High Wycombe to a family wedding in Greater Manchester when the red Ford Focus they were in crashed on the north-bound carriageway of the M6 near junction 15 at around 11.25am.
Emergency response teams from the area, including two air ambulances, attended the scene, which saw the motorway closed for more than five hours, while members of the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) investigated the incident.
A statement from the family said: “Christmas day began with all the joy all over the UK.
“We, as the rest of the nation, had the build-up to the Christmas holidays, attending school plays and preparing for a family wedding.
“The joy turned into tragedy in a split second, when we lost our 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 central part of the family, always smiling and bringing smiles to everyone they met.
“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.”
Two other women hospitalised in the incident, including the boys' mother, were initially taken to University Hospitals of North Staffordshire, but discharged and returned home on Boxing Day.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "Specially trained liaison officers have been appointed to support them at this incredibly difficult time for the family."Police urged anyone with information on the incident to call the Central Motorway Police Group's Collision Investigation Unit on 01785 234094.