Six dead in Christmas Day horror crashes including two children who died in smash involving just one car on the M6

Christmas Day carnage on the roads: Six people dead after series of smashes across the country, including two young brothers killed in mystery M6 crash involving one carM6 crash happened between junctions 14 and 15 in Staffordshire yesterdayParamedics arrived to find Ford Focus vehicle had crashed and overturnedOther crash on B3349 near Basingstoke, Hampshire, killed husband and wifeNamed as Ann, 57, and Paul Goodrich, 56, of Church Crookham, HampshireA third smash killed one passenger on the A3102 in Melksham, WiltshireFour adults and three young children injured following second crash on M6

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04:05 GMT, 26 December 2012

Two brothers and a woman died yesterday after their car flipped on a motorway in a day of Christmas carnage on the roads.

The boys, aged four and ten, and a 32-year-old woman were killed as the Ford Focus careered out of control and hit a tree on the M6 in Staffordshire.

The driver of the car, who is believed to be the boys’ mother, and another female passenger were in a stable condition in University Hospital North Staffordshire last night.

Tragic: Two children were killed and two adults injured in a horror crash on the M6 on Christmas morning

Tragic: Two children were killed and two adults injured in a horror crash on the M6 on Christmas morning

Aftermath: Police at the scene between junctions 14 and 15 following the crash which involved a single car on the northbound carriageway of the M6 yesterday morning

Aftermath: Police at the scene between junctions 14 and 15 following the crash which involved a single car on the northbound carriageway of the M6 yesterday morning

Investigation: The car is covered in tarpaulin at the side of the M6 motorway as police officers begin an investigation into the crash

Investigation: The car is covered in tarpaulin at the side of the M6 motorway as police officers begin an investigation into the crash

Horrific: A recovery vehicle was pictured next to the wreckage of the car yesterday afternoon as police begin to try and establish the circumstances surrounding the horror crash

Horrific: A recovery vehicle was pictured next to the wreckage of the car yesterday afternoon as police begin to try and establish the circumstances surrounding the horror crash

Another three adults died in two separate crashes yesterday after three men were killed in an accident on Christmas Eve.

Four adults and three young children were also injured following a two car crash on the M6 Southbound around junction 3 at about 7pm yesterday.

The earlier M6 tragedy happened near the
junction 15 exit for Stoke-on-Trent on the northbound carriageway
shortly before midday.

A witness said the maroon Focus appeared to have
struck a tree beside the hard shoulder before flipping. No other
vehicles were believed to be involved.

Police said the family is believed to have been travelling from the Thames Valley area.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service
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.

Clear-up: Recovery workers put the tarpaulin covered car on the back of a truck ready to be towed away following the devastating crash on the M6 motorway

Clear-up: Recovery workers put the tarpaulin covered car on the back of a truck ready to be towed away following the devastating crash on the M6 motorway

Wreckage: The car is towed away from the scene this afternoon as emergency crews and recovery workers work tirelessly to get the carriageway reopened

Wreckage: The car is towed away from the scene this afternoon as emergency crews and recovery workers work tirelessly to get the carriageway reopened

A single car, a red Ford Focus, was involved in the crash shortly before 11.30am yesterday morning

A single car, a red Ford Focus, was involved in the crash shortly before 11.30am yesterday morning

‘Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the two boys and one woman.’

A man at the scene, who asked not to be named, said: ‘The car looked damaged. It was taken away covered by a blue sheet.

‘You could see part of a tree had come
down by the side of the road. The car must have hit it.’ Police spent
more than three hours clearing the wreckage, leading to huge tailbacks
on the motorway.

Teacher Colin Main, 34, from
Birmingham, one of those stuck in the traffic jam, said: ‘It’s always
devastating to hear of children losing their lives but for something
like this to happen on Christmas day is beyond heartbreaking.

Standstill: Drivers and passengers stand next to their cars in a long traffic jam after yesterday morning's fatal crash on the M6 motorway. The road is expected to be closed in both directions for several hours at least

Standstill: Drivers and passengers stand next to their cars in a long traffic jam after yesterday morning's fatal crash on the M6 motorway. The road is expected to be closed in both directions for several hours at least

Tailback: Drivers stand around their vehicles and walk around the M6 as they are caught up in the aftermath of yesterday morning's crash

Tailback: Drivers stand around their vehicles and walk around the M6 as they are caught up in the aftermath of yesterday morning's crash

Getting through: A man and a child walk on the closed M6 northbound carriageway, due to a crash between junctions 14, near Stafford, and 15, near Stoke-on-Trent

Getting through: A man and a child walk on the closed M6 northbound carriageway, due to a crash between junctions 14, near Stafford, and 15, near Stoke-on-Trent

‘There was probably a family waiting for those children to arrive on Christmas day. It’s tragic.

‘My heart goes out to all the families
affected. Their whole lives have been ripped apart on what should be a
day filled with happiness.

‘You can’t imagine what they must be going through.’

A husband and wife were killed in a
separate Christmas morning crash when the car they were passengers in
veered off the road near a bend and slammed into trees before
overturning.

The driver, a young man in his 20s and
believed to be the dead couple’s son, suffered serious chest injuries
and was taken to hospital following the smash on B3349 Odiham Road at
Riseley, Berkshire – on the border with Hampshire, near Basingstoke.

The couple were later named as Ann Goodrich, 57, and her 56-year-old husband Paul, from Church Crookham, near Fleet, Hampshire.

The crash happened between Junctions 14 and 15 of the M6 in Staffordshire

The crash happened between Junctions 14 and 15 of the M6 in Staffordshire

The single-car accident was seen by a passing motorist who stopped at the scene and raised the alarm shortly after 10am.

It was not yet known where the trio
were heading when the crash happened, although police sources said that
it was believed they lived in the area where the accident happened.

Hampshire Police sealed off the road for several hours while they
investigated the crash.

A passenger was killed and two others
were left fighting for their lives after an Audi A6 car containing five
people crashed in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The Audi left the A3102 Bath Road in
Melksham, Wiltshire, shortly after 3.30am. The road was closed for six
hours while officers investigated the tragedy.

Fatal: Police at the scene of a crash in Risely, Berkshire, in which two people were killed when their vehicle collided with a tree

Fatal: Police at the scene of a crash in Risely, Berkshire, in which two people were killed when their vehicle collided with a tree

Crash: The wreckage of the vehicle pictured in trees in Risely, Berkshire, following a crash which saw two people die

Crash: The wreckage of the vehicle pictured in trees in Risely, Berkshire, following a crash which saw two people die

Four adults and three young children were also injured following a two car crash on the M6 Southbound, near Corley Services, at around 7pm yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said both cars were substantially damaged and it was fortunate nobody was more seriously injured.

The incident was not related to the earlier accident on the same
motorway

Three ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in a significant collision.

'Both cars had suffered substantial damage.

'A woman travelling in one car suffered suspected serious pelvic injuries.

'She received emergency treatment at the scene and her condition was stabilised.

'The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was transferred by ambulance to
University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency
treatment.

'A man travelling in the same car was checked over at the scene but did not require further treatment.

'Three young children, two boys and one girl, were all treated for minor injuries.

'All four were transferred by ambulance to the same hospital as a precaution.

'Thankfully, the three children were secured in appropriate child safety seats which undoubtedly minimised their injuries.

Investigation: Police remained at the scene in Risely, Berkshire, where two people died in a road incident

Investigation: Police remained at the scene in Risely, Berkshire, where two people died in a road incident

Tragic: Three men have been killed and three other people taken to hospital after a two-car crash

Tragic: Three men were killed and three other people taken to hospital after a two-car crash in Scotland on Christmas Eve

'Two men, both in their 30s and travelling in the second car, suffered multiple minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

'Both men were transferred to hospital by ambulance, one to George Eliot
Hospital and one to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

'Considering the damage to the vehicles it was fortunate that no one was more seriously injured.'

The dreadful day on the roads came after three men died in a head-on crash on Christmas Eve on the A68 in the east of Scotland.

A Nissan Note flipped over in the accident about a mile and a-half south of Pathhead in Midlothian.

Three horses died and a man was left
fighting for his life after his car ploughed into the animals that had
strayed onto A14 at Sproughton, near Ipswich, late on Christmas Eve. The
23-year-old suffered critical head injuries after his hatchback saloon
was one of four cars that careered into the horses.

A 20-year-old woman who was the
front-seat passenger in the vehicle was also taken to Ipswich Hospital,
but her injuries were not believed to be serious.