27/12/2012 04:04 GMT

M6 Crash: Amir Khan Speaks Of 'Despair' After Learning Victims Due To Attend Family Wedding

The woman and two young brothers who were killed in a a motorway crash on Christmas Day were on their way to a family wedding which boxing champion Amir Khan was also attending.

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Amir Khan also attended the Bolton wedding

Khan told The Sun he was "heartbroken" after hearing the news and said some guests even left the wedding to pay their respects.

The former world champion is the second cousin of the bride, and was at the wedding when the news came through. He told The Sun:

"One minute everyone at the wedding was joyous — the next it had turned into despair.

“To hear that two young children and their aunt had been killed on their way to the wedding was utterly heartbreaking. We were all numb, no one knew what to say."

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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

Adnan Habib, 10, and Mohammed Arsalaan Habib, four, died after the car they were travelling in crashed and overturned on the M6 near Stoke-on-Trent at about 11.25am on Christmas day

A 32-year-old woman passenger in the car also died. She was named by Staffordshire Police as Bushra Tazarib. It is believed that she was the boys' auntie.

The boys' mother - who was driving the red Ford Focus - and a female relative who was a fellow passenger were both injured, and were taken to hospital.


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

They were discharged on Wednesday from the University of North Staffordshire Hospital, and were now on their way home, police said.

Officers have issued a public appeal for more information to try and piece together what might have caused the accident, which is believed to have involved one vehicle.

Investigations are in the hands of the CMPG Collision Investigation Unit, which can be contacted on 01785 234094.

The incident led police to close the motorway in both directions for three hours from junction 14 at Stafford, to junction 15 at Stoke.

At the crash scene, medics were supported by two air ambulances, and colleagues from the fire and police services.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman John Hawker 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.

"Two other 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."

Mr Hawker added: "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."