TRIBUTES have been paid to the head chef at Bradford’s Jurys Inn hotel who was tragically killed in a horrendous crash on the M606.

Simon McHugh, 49, has been named locally as the passenger in the taxi which was hit by a van. 

The latest on the M606 crash

His brother wrote on Facebook: “My brother Simon McHugh was travelling home last night after finishing his shift at work, he was travelling in a taxi on the M606 at 22.45 when the taxi was hit by a van travelling the wrong way being followed by the police.

“Unfortunately Simon died at the scene.

“To say I’m devastated is an understatement I feel angry that he has been taken away just minding his own business.

“Rest in peace little brother.”

A colleague told the Telegraph & Argus: “He was the soundest bloke you could ever meet.”

She said she would miss him terribly.


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Pay your tributes to Simon McHugh

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From Richard Savage

Share your tribute hereDidn't know him that well as I was the outgoing head Chef at Jury's Inn as he was coming in but for the brief two weeks or so we worked together he seemed a very down to earth and gracious fella. No one should have their life taken away while just travelling home from a hard day's work. A sad Loss indeed

From Jennifer roberts

Share your tribute hereI did not know you but yet I feel the sadness of your death,it has rocked the community,I travel that motorway every day and will think of you each time I go down it,my heart felt sympathy to both families,such a tragic loss,may god give you a special seat at his side,R I P in heaven

From Kate

Share your tribute hereI worked with Simon many years ago and he was genuinely one of the nicest chefs I have had the pleasure to work alongside. Our line will be a little darker without your light, rest in peace chef, our thoughts are with your family both at home and at work

From Aiesha

Share your tribute hereMy heart goes out to Simons family and friends and to the driver of the taxi also. It is absolutely heartbreaking. Thoughts and prayers with you all.

From Jonathan Leighton

Share your tribute hereSimon was a very happy guy really down to earth my thoughts go out to freinds and family he was a pleasure to work with he will be missed but not forgotten RIP my freind

From eddie harman

Share your tribute hereSorry to hear of the tragic loss of lives. I don't know Simon but I hope his loved ones find ease with their grief and may God give Simon a heavenly abode.

From Alex massey

Share your tribute hereR.i.p.mate was good working with you. you was there for me wen I lost my leg as you would help anyone off us cart say how much I'm going to miss you

From Community contributor

Share your tribute hereToday is a sad day 💔 Simon you were just trying to get home 😢 Rest in peace 💔

From Community contributor

Share your tribute hereTo the taxi driver earning his hard earned money and to passenger also hard working may they familes find peace in they hearts in this difficult time. Aameen

From Zoe Bullock

Share your tribute hereI had the pleasure of working with Simon at the Palace Bar and Rosemary Lane Bistro in Huddersfield for over 4years. One of the nicest guys I've worked with, always smiling. A tragic loss. My thoughts are with his family.

From Paul Sedlarczuk

Share your tribute hereCan not take this in Simon you was one hell of a guy and a pleasure to work for. My heart goes out too your mum and brother and the rest of the family. I'm in total shock. RIP mate x love Paul and Sandra xxx

From Roger Melly

Share your tribute hereSo very sad to hear. RIP chef. My sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues.

From Edmund Rodbourne

Share your tribute hereRIP Simon,we had some good laughs working together at Jurys Inn Bradford over 3yrs will very much miss you. Gone too soon!

From Jennifer Brackenridge

Share your tribute hereMy sincere condolences to Simon,s family and friends. This should never have happened . RIEP Simon .

From Gary Clark

Share your tribute hereMy thoughts and prayers to you all at this sad time 🙏🏻

From Emma woodward

Share your tribute hereRip Simon. The best boss I ever had. Such a gent and kind soul. Always made me smile and helped me in every way he could.

From M Khan

Share your tribute hereVery sad to hear such terrible news of an innocent hard working man. Clearly Simon McHugh was doing an honest day's work and living, a man of my own heart. My sincere condolences to his family.

From Natasha Evans

Share your tribute hereAll I can say is Simon was a pleasure to work with a happy chappy, loving,caring man we had great times working together and I carnt believe this has happened you shouldn't have been taken so soon. In the wrong place at the wrong time R.I.P Simon gone but never forgotten ❤️❤️❤️😭

From Community contributor

Share your tribute hereIt was a pleasure to meet you. Gone too soon Condolences to your family

From Tammy Longley

Share your tribute hereAbsolutely gutted, Simon was one of nicest men I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, he will be missed so much, my thoughts & love are with Simon’s family, friends & our colleagues 💔💔💔

From Community contributor

Share your tribute hereI had the privilege of working with Simon at jury’s inn Bradford and he was the most kindest and honest person I have worked with. He was always a good leader and meant so much to meany. Such a shame he has been taken away from us.

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From Anne Henderson

Share your tribute hereMy heart goes out to family and friends . Such a cruel way to pass

From Joanne Crocket

Share your tribute hereSending my condolences to the family.RIP