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Two people have died in a tragic Easter Sunday car crash.

The pair lost their lives when a vehicle crashed off the M1 near Sheffeld yesterday evening.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed two people were pronounced dead at the scene, following the collision at around 7.30pm.

A spokesperson for the force told Examiner Live this morning: “At 7.29pm last night (4 April) police received reports that a vehicle had left the M1 Northbound carriageway between J30 and 31 near Woodhall.

“On emergency services arrival at the scene, two people were sadly pronounced dead.

“One lane of the M1 remains closed at this time as officers continue their enquiries.

“We will provide further updates when possible.”

The M1 was fully closed in both directions, between junction 30 and 31, for most of the evening.

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Trapped traffic was released as police announced the northbound carriageway would remain closed until at least 3am.

Police started to open some lanes at around 9.30pm but a large section of the motorway was kept shut until around 6am today, when all but one lane was reopened.

One lane on the northbound side of the M1 remained closed this morning for accident investigation work.

Police have not yet released further details of the incident or the identities of the victims.