THE family of two young brothers who were killed in a Christmas Day motorway crash have paid tribute to their “happy and joyous boys”.
Adnan Habib, 10, and four-year-old Arsalaan were killed when the car they were in crashed on the M6.
In a statement, their family said: “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.”
Their 32-year-old aunt, Bushra Tazarib, also died in the crash which happened close to junction 15, near Stoke-on-Trent, at about 11.25am.
She was described as “beloved”, “helping” and supportive.
The family’s statement read: “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.”
Two other women were travelling in the red Ford Focus, including the boys’ mother, who was driving at the time of the crash. Both were taken to hospital but were discharged yesterday after treatment.
All five in the car were from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and had been travelling north on the M6 to attend a family wedding in Greater Manchester.
The incident closed the motorway for three hours.
Meanwhile the “absolutely devastated” family of a husband and wife killed in a Christmas Day car crash said the couple were travelling to spend time with their two-year-old grandson.
Ann Goodrich, 57, and her 56-year-old husband Paul Goodrich, from Fleet, Hampshire, were pronounced dead after the crash near Basingstoke.
In a statement released by police, the family said: “Ann and Paul Goodrich were on their way to spend Christmas Day with their son Darren, daughter Hannah and her family, when the tragic, fatal accident occurred.
“A close-knit family, they were looking forward to also enjoying the day with their grandson, Daniel, aged two.
“Ann and Paul, devoted and much loved parents, will be greatly missed. We are absolutely devastated.”