Update 5.45pm – West Yorkshire Police has confirmed that Mr Ali was 28-years-old, not 27.
The driver of a taxi that was involved in a fatal crash on the M606 last night towards Bradford has been named.
Sohail Ali, 28, who worked at Arrival Cars in Shipley and a passenger of the vehicle were pronounced deceased as a result of the van hitting them head-on as it travelled the wrong way up the motorway, towards Bradford.
West Yorkshire Police announced this morning that emergency services were dealing with a serious road traffic collision after a van failed to stop for a marked road policing unit at about 10.45pm last night.
The van then drove the wrong way on the southbound M606 from Chain Bar roundabout towards Bradford, where it was involved in a head-on collision with a taxi.
Three other people were critically injured in the collision.
The M606 was closed overnight as emergency services responded to the incident and reopened at 10am this morning.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) had been contacted due to the involvement of a police vehicle in the circumstances leading up to the collision.
The IPOC confirmed it was notified by WYP after the collision and an independent investigation has been declared.
An IPOC spokesperson said: “We understand that a Ford Transit van failed to stop for police before it was involved in a collision with a taxi after the van entered the M606 on the wrong side of the carriageway.
“IOPC investigators are attending the scene and the police post-incident procedure.”