THE uncle of the taxi driver who was killed in a crash on the M606 earlier this week has thanked those who attended his funeral yesterday evening.

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

On Thursday evening, thousands of people from around the country paid tribute to him at his funeral at Jamia Masjid Hanfia in Manningham and burial in Scholemoor Cemetery.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Tons of people attended Mr Ali's funeral in Bradford.Tons of people attended Mr Ali's funeral in Bradford.

Mr Ali's uncle Amar said: "It was a huge turnout with thousands in attendance at the mosque and another thousand or so at the burial itself, it was a testament to Sohail.

"We had people from all over the country that attended to pay their respects."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: It was an emotional service for many.It was an emotional service for many.

Mr Ali and passenger Simon McHugh, 49, were pronounced dead at the scene on Monday night.

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

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mr Ali died on Monday evening.Mr Ali died on Monday evening.

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.

“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.

“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.”

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