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M6 Christmas Day crash: Victims not restrained in car

Scene on the M6
Image caption A narrative verdict was recorded following the crash

Two young boys and a woman who died when their car crashed on the M6 on Christmas Day were not correctly restrained, an inquest has been told.

Brothers Mohammed Arsalaan Habib, four, and Adnan Habib, 10, and their mother's aunt, Bushra Tazarib, 32, died at junction 15 near Keele, Staffordshire.

The car was being driven by the boys' mother at 90mph, the hearing was told.

A narrative verdict was recorded by Assistant coroner for North Staffordshire David James.

'Beautiful souls'

Parveen Habib who was at the wheel of the Ford Focus was taking the family, who came from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, to a wedding in Bolton when their car spun across the motorway, mounted a grass verge, hit some trees and rolled over.

Evidence presented to the inquest showed that although Mohammed Arsalaan was restrained by child-seat crotch and waist straps he was not held in with shoulder straps.

It was also disclosed at least three of the tyres on Mrs Habib's car were underinflated, while the fourth had insufficient tread.

Mr James said: "I find that no other vehicles were either involved or contributed towards this incident and there is no evidence for the reason for the loss of control."

In a statement after the inquest, the Habib family said they lost "three beautiful souls" and were "still coming to terms with the events".

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