Two victims of the three people killed after a car flipped over on the M6 motorway on Christmas Day were brothers, aged four and 10.
The third victim of the accident on a busy stretch of the motorway in Staffordshire was a 32-year-old woman.
The boys’ mother, who was believed to have been driving the car, and another female passenger remain in a stable condition at University Hospital North Staffordshire.
Staffordshire Police said the crash happened on the northbound carriageway of the M6 near junction 15 at around 11.25am.
Chief Superintendent Martin Evans said: “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 and our thoughts are with the family of those who have died.”
The motorway was closed in both directions following the accident but reopened after several hours.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a single vehicle that had crashed and overturned.
“Two children and an adult that were travelling in the vehicle suffered serious injuries.
“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the two boys and one woman, and they were confirmed dead at the scene.
In a separate accident on the M6, four adults and three young children were injured on the southbound carriageway, near Corley Services, at around 7pm on Christmas Day.
A WMAS spokesman said two cars were substantially damaged and it was fortunate nobody was more seriously injured.
Earlier on Christmas Day, Ann Mary Goodrich, 57, and her husband Paul John Goodrich, 56, from Hampshire, died following the collision on the B3349 Odiham Road at Heckfield Heath, near Basingstoke.
A 29-year-old man from Farnborough, believed to be the driver of the other vehicle involved, received medical attention at the scene before being taken to hospital with serious injuries.
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