Police release statement after tragic crash on M1 near Derbyshire claims lives of two young men

Police say two men who died in a horror crash on the M1 near Derbyshire at the weekend were from Sheffield.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 10:20 am

The men, aged 20 and 22, who have been named locally as Codeye and Tyrone, were travelling along the northbound stretch of the M1 near Woodhall – between junction 30 for Barlborough and junction 31 for Sheffield – when the driver of a Volkswagen Golf is believed to have lost control of the vehicle.

South Yorkshire Police said the white Golf left the carriageway, collided with a barrier and a number of trees and then overturned and landed on its roof.

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Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

The driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved.

The motorway was closed for a number of hours in both directions while emergency services responded to the crash and investigative work was carried out at the scene in a bid to piece together exactly what happened.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Our serious collisions unit is appealing for witnesses and dash camfootage after two men were killed in a collision on the M1 on Sunday evening.

“At 7.29pm, a white Volkswagen Golf was travelling northbound on the M1 between junction 30 and junction 31.

“The driver of the Golf is believed to have lost control, causing the car to leave the carriageway and collide with the barrier and several trees before coming to rest on its roof.

“Two men from Sheffield, aged 22 and 20, were sadly pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved.

“Both families have now been informed and are being supported by trained officers.

“We are asking any witnesses to the collision, or anyone who witnessed the Golf prior, to get in touch. We are especially keen to hear from anyone with dashcam footage which captured the Golf travelling along the M1 between 7pm and 7.29pm."

Call 101 and quote incident number 873 of April 4.

Any footage can be emailed to [email protected] with the incident number listed in the subject line.

Tributes have been paid to the young men online, with friends expressing their shock at the deaths.

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