A Staffordshire couple on their way back from Eurodisney died when their car over-turned in wintry conditions on a French motorway, police said last night.
The man, aged 36, and woman, aged 39, from Stafford, were believed to have been travelling at around 200kph (120mph) when the accident happened.
They were driving on the A26 towards Calais when they lost control of the car and it spun on to its roof.
"They died instantly," a spokesman for the motorway police said. The accident happened yesterday afternoon at around 1.15pm local time.
The police spokesman added that the car, an Audi A8, was travelling "very fast" and the road was slippery and covered in melting snow.
Police would investigate and had informed the British consulate, but it was clear the reason for the accident was that the car was going too quickly, he said.
There were no other passengers in the car and no other vehicles were involved. A post mortem examination has been conducted.
The speed limit in France is 130kph (80mph) but is reduced to 110kph (70mph) during snowy conditions, the spokesman added.
A Foreign Office spokesman said last night: "Two British nationals were killed following a road traffic accident near to St Quentin.
"The next of kin have yet to be informed and we are ready to offer the appropriate consular assistance." ..SUPL: