A BRADFORD community came together tonight to pay their tributes at the funeral of a young taxi driver who was tragically killed in the M606 crash on Monday night.

Sohail Ali, 28, was killed when a Ford Transit van travelling the wrong way on the motorway ploughed into the taxi he was driving.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mr Ali died in a crash on the M606 on Monday night.Mr Ali died in a crash on the M606 on Monday night.

His funeral, held at Jamia Masjid Hanfia in Manningham, was live streamed on the Janaza Facebook page from 7.15pm.

Mr Ali's burial, at Scholemoor Cemetery, followed on Thursday evening.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

He and passenger Simon McHugh, 49, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Kyden Leadbeater, 18, was a passenger in the van and died in hospital on Tuesday morning.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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

Paying tribute, his family said: “From a young age, he has always been hard-working and has always gone the extra mile for his family, friends and anyone in the community.

“If ever he was needed, he was always first to offer his support and love.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

“He had the ability to make you feel comfortable with his presence and words, he knew exactly what to say and when to say it.

“Sohail had many cousins, all to whom he was like a best friend, he will be dearly missed by all of us his father, mother, brothers, sister and all of our family.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

“We are all distraught at this heart-breaking and shocking news.”

They said he was passionate about his job and added: “All his customers loved him, especially the elderly.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

The T&A has been inundated with tributes from our readers for Mr Ali since the heart-breaking news broke.

Hellen Bartle said: "Heartbreaking so sad, so young. May Allah make his journey ahead easy. Thoughts and prays are with his family and friends.

Bridget Emery added: "Cannot imagine how his family are coping. Thoughts with them all. RIP Sohail.

"RIP Sohail my heart goes out to all your family and friends and also to your passenger's family and friends," said Bev Dove.

Alison Burnett added: "RIP Sohail, such a tragic loss of a young man, taken too soon."

Mary Harrison said: "Just tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

"Rest in peace. Taken far too soon. Thoughts are with his family," added Joanne Harrison-Lee.

Neil Tindall said: "RIP to a young man. Condolences to your family, gone too soon."

Julie Rawnsley added: "Rest in peace, thinking of the family at this sad time."

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