POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal car crash on the M1 northbound yesterday.

Emergency services were called at around 1.55pm on Thursday (July 2) after a white Volkswagen Polo left the road between junction 33 and 34 and hit a tree.

A 76-year-old man driving and 77-year-old woman passenger from Sheffield died at the scene.

The motorway was closed in both directions as South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Highways Agency responded to the incident.

Anyone who saw the incident should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 612 of July 2 2015.