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Police name two teenagers who died in M1 crash near Rugby

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Two teenagers died in a crash on the M1 near Rugby on Saturday.

Officers from Leicestershire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit have today (Tuesday) released the names of the two who died in a collision on the M1 near Shawell.

The collision took place at around 7.15pm on Saturday on the M1, and involved one vehicle, a black Vauxhall Astra convertible which was travelling northbound.

Destiny James-Keeling, 14, and Megan Marchant, 18, both from Leicester, sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Constable Ady Keeble, the investigating officer, said: “This was a tragic incident in which two young girls have sadly lost their lives.

“The car had gone about a mile past the start of the M6, Junction 19, and was travelling M1 northbound on Saturday evening when it left the carriageway and collided with trees on the embankment at the side of the motorway.

“We’d like to appeal to anyone who was driving on the M1 in this area on Saturday evening between 7pm and 7.15pm to contact us. The car was quite distinctive because it was a convertible so we’d like to hear from anyone who thinks they saw either the incident or the vehicle being driven beforehand”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 506 Ady Keeble on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 0506. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

 

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