A CAR driver killed in a road tragedy was a popular chef at a landmark Huddersfield restaurant.
And it emerged today that 25-year-old Michael Wilson's relatives were coming back from a holiday abroad when the tragedy happened early yesterday morning.
His mum, Mary, and other close family relatives were flying back into Manchester from Lanzarote and were met at the airport by police who broke the terrible news.
They returned to Huddersfield late yesterday.
Michael, who worked at the Three Acres Inn at Roydhouse in Shelley, died when his light green Peugeot 306 was in an accident with an oil tanker on Penistone Road, Shepley, at 7am.
He lived on Marsh Lane with his mum.
Mr Brian Orme, a partner at The Three Acres, said all the staff were badly shocked and saddened by what had happened. He said: "Michael had been here for 18 months and was a hugely popular member of the kitchen staff.
"He will be very badly missed."
An inquest on Michael's death was due to be opened at Bradford Coroner's Court today.
Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash to come forward.
Michael - who was on a day off from work - is thought to have been turning out of Marsh Lane when the crash happened. Both vehicles then careered through the wall around 25ft from the original impact and down a small drop into a field below.
The driver of the articulated lorry was badly shocked, but unhurt.
The road was closed for several hours yesterday while police accident investigation experts worked at the scene.
Fire crews attended from Skelmanthorpe, Holmfirth and Huddersfield.
Pc Phil Shaw, of Huddersfield traffic police, said: "One witness returned to the scene hours later to talk to us and there may be others who saw what happened who have not yet come forward."
Witnesses should contact Pc Shaw at Huddersfield traffic police on 01484 436847.