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 men were from Sheffield.
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It is understood Tyrone had links to Shirebrook
Footage circulating publicly on social media showed fireworks being let off in the town on Monday night.
The woman who posted the video said ‘rest easy Ty, night to remember you by’.
“Best fireworks Shirebrook’s ever seen, definitely done him proud tonight,” another woman commented.
A man said there was a ‘cracking’ turnout and added ‘well done’.
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.