The family of two young boys killed with their aunt in a Christmas day car crash on the M6 motorway pay tribute to their "precious jewels".

The family said their Christmas began with the build-up to the holidays, attending school plays and preparing for a family wedding.

The family said their Christmas began with the build-up to the 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," the family said in a statement. "We lost our boys moments apart and our beloved auntie."

Bushra Tazarib, 32, and the boys, Adnan Habib, 10, and Mohammed Arsalaan Habib, 4, died in a car crash on the M6 motorway near Stafford. Emergency crews arrived to find their car overturned.

'Spreading joy'

"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.

The family said their Christmas began with the build-up to the holidays, attending school plays and preparing for a family wedding.

"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," the family said.

The accident happened at around 11.25am on Christmas day between junctions 14, near Stafford, and 15, near Stoke-on-Trent.

Prayers

"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the two boys and one woman," a West Midlands ambulance service spokesman said. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other women were transferred to hospital.

The family thanked everyone for their kind words of support, "we would like everyone to remember them in your prayers."

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