25/12/2012 08:23 GMT | Updated 25/12/2012 13:53 GMT

M6 Closed In Both Directions After 'Serious Incident', Two Children Killed

A section of a busy motorway was closed in both directions following a serious incident which killed two children and injured one adult on Christmas Day.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has said a car had crashed and overturned.

Two boys, aged four and 10, and a 32-year-old woman died after the crash on the M6 in Staffordshire at around 11.30am.

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A general view of the scene of a crash on the M6 northbound carriageway between junctions 14, near Stafford, and 15

Two other women were also in the car at the time of the accident, and are now receiving treatment in hospital.

Initial reports from WMAS said three children lost their lives in the incident, but the service released updated information later this afternoon.

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The motorway was closed in both directions after the crash

Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, a BASICS Doctor and two Midland Air Ambulances attended the scene.

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.

"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.


A policeman with a bag of items removed from the crashed car at the scene on the M6 northbound carriageway

"Two other adult women travelling in the car, both received emergency treatment at the scene for their injuries and were transferred by land ambulances to University Hospital North Staffordshire on blue lights for further treatment.

"All emergency services personnel worked seamlessly together at the scene in exceptionally difficult circumstances.

Unfortunately, the outcome was not the one everyone would have hoped for."

A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Police said it is thought the motorway reopened this afternoon.