TRIBUTES have been pouring in following Monday’s horror crash on the M606 which killed three people.

Taxi driver Sohail Ali, 28, and his 49-year-old passenger Simon McHugh, who was head chef at Bradford’s Jurys Inn hotel, died at the scene.

Kyden Leadbeater, who was 18 and a passenger in the Ford Transit van which travelled the wrong way up the M606 and ploughed into the taxi, died in hospital yesterday morning.

The tragedy has sent shockwaves across the city, prompting a huge outpouring of grief and shock.

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Mr Ali was described by his family as a “hardworking, happy, gentle and kind individual”.

Ken Ives, from Zip Taxis, said: “Myself and everyone at Zip are in complete shock at what has happened to Sohail, one of our most popular drivers and friend to many.

“Our sincere condolences go to his family. Sohail’s dad and uncle, Ansur and Amjad, also work at Zip.

“Words cannot express how we are feeling. Our thoughts are also with the family of Simon and all at Jurys Inn. Both will be sorely missed.”

Paul Edward Clay added: “Sohail was a really nice guy who picked me and my family up a number of times. RIP Sohail. RIP to the passenger. My condolences to both men’s families at this most difficult of times.”

Susan Smith described him as “one of the nicest politest young taxi drivers I have ever known”.

Many touching tributes have also been left to Mr McHugh.

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One said: “I 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.”

Jonathan Leighton added: “Simon was a very happy guy really down to earth my thoughts go out to friends and family he was a pleasure to work with he will be missed but not forgotten. RIP my friend.”

Alex Massey added: “RIP mate was good working with you.

“You was there for me when I lost my leg as you would help any one of us – can’t say how much I'm going to miss you.”

Emma Woodward described him as the best boss she’d ever had and added: “Such a gent and kind soul. Always made me smile and helped me in every way he could.”

Tributes have also been paid to Mr Leadbeater.

“Cannot believe this you are really going to be missed by so many people,” said one

Another said: “My heart is broken. I’ve cried for hours and hours for your mum and family. I have the best memories with you.”