Two teenage girls named after fatal Leicestershire M1 crash

Two teenage girls who were killed in a crash on the M1 after the car they were in went down an embankment and hit trees have been named by police.

Destiny James Keeling, 14, and Megan Marchant, 18, both from Leicester, died at about 19:15 GMT on Saturday.

A 35-year-old woman, who was driving the convertible black Vauxhall Astra, and an 18-year-old male passenger, were both treated for minor injuries.

Leicestershire Police said no other vehicles were involved.

'Big shock'

Carla Connolley, Ms Marchant's drama teacher at Wreake Valley Academy, said: "It's hard to understand that it's happened to someone so young.

"Megan was a great student so it's hard to take. She was very funny, a real character, a ball of energy. It's been a big shock to the whole school."

A web page set up to help pay for Destiny's funeral has raised about £2,000.

Det Con Ady Keeble 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 when it left the carriageway and collided with trees on the embankment at the side of the motorway.

"The car was quite distinctive because it was a convertible so we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they saw either the incident or the vehicle being driven beforehand."

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