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Family pay tribute to Wakefield man killed in M42 crash

Gilbert Holmes
Image caption Mr Holmes has been described by his son David as "a good friend".

The family of an 84-year-old man who died after a crash between a car and a lorry on the M42 in the West Midlands have spoken of their devastation.

Gilbert Holmes from Tingley in Wakefield, West Yorkshire was killed near junction five on Tuesday.

His son, David Holmes, said: "We are all devastated. He was a good friend throughout my life."

Mr Holmes was taken to Heartlands Hospital, but died a short time later. Police are looking for witnesses.

The 39-year-old lorry driver from Stoke-on-Trent was taken to hospital suffering from shock.

The crash happened at 04:25 GMT on the northbound carriageway, which was closed for five hours afterwards.

Insp Mark Watkins said: "We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the silver Chevrolet Matiz in the seconds and minutes before the collision.

"Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Holmes."

Mr Holmes was a retired manager for Yorkshire Imperial Metals.

David Holmes said: "He was very active and he will be very much missed by us all."

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