M606 crash: Three people were killed after a van ‘going the wrong way down the highway’ collided with a cab, and a 15-year-old kid was detained

M606 crash: Three people were killed after a van ‘going the wrong way down the highway’ collided with a cab, and a 15-year-old kid was detained

A van apparently travelling the wrong way down a highway collided with a taxi, killing three people.

After the crash in Bradford overnight, a 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing deaths by hazardous driving.

The suspect stolen vehicle is thought to have failed to halt for police before driving the wrong way down the M606 near Bradford and colliding with the cab at 10.45 p.m. last night.


Tragically, two men in the cab died at the spot – passenger Simon McHugh, 49, and driver Sohail Ali, 28 – who have now been identified locally.

Meanwhile, an 18-year-old male passenger in the van died this morning in hospital.

The 15-year-old driver has been charged with causing death by unsafe driving, but he remains hospitalised with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

A 17-year-old passenger is in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

West Yorkshire Police has notified the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to the nature of the incident.

Initial investigations indicated that the van was stolen, according to the IOPC, although it is unlikely that the police followed the van onto the highway.

Images from the scene show the taxi being towed by a tow truck, its front engine completely ripped from the vehicle.

The blue van, which was severely damaged in the collision, is only a few feet away.

The van is believed to have been stolen, according to LeedsLive.

Both taxi driver Sohail Ali, 28, and his passenger Simon McHugh, 49, have received tributes since their deaths.

On Facebook, Simon’s brother paid a heartfelt tribute to the chef, writing: “Last night, after concluding his shift at work, my brother Simon McHugh was driving home.

“It’s an understatement to say I’m sad. I’m enraged that he was apprehended while simply going about his business.

“Rest in peace, little brother,” says the narrator.

“Sohail was a young hardworking, cheerful, peaceful, and kind individual,” Mr Ali’s family said in a statement.

“Whenever he was needed, he was the first to offer his love and support.”

“All of us will miss him terribly.”

“This heartbreaking and startling news has left us all shaken.”

The van collided head-on with a taxi near the Chain Bar roundabout, between junctions one and three, according to reports.

The highway was shut down for many hours while police investigated.

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