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Birmingham Crash: Hundreds attend taxi driver's funeral

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Image caption Imtiaz Mohammed has been described as a "happy, loving and friendly guy" by his family

The funeral has been held for a taxi driver who was one of six people killed in a crash in Birmingham.

Imtiaz Mohammed had called his wife to say he was on his last job of the night shortly before the six-vehicle crash on Lee Bank Middleway on Sunday.

Hundreds gathered to celebrate his life in what was described as a "peaceful and sobering service" at the Central Mosque.

The mosque is just a few hundred yards from the scene of the accident.

Mr Mohammed, 33, had six children aged under 15. His death came the day before his daughter's fourth birthday.

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Media captionTaxi driver’s funeral

After the funeral and burial, mosque chairman Muhammad Afzal said: "Hundreds of people attended and we prayed both for the assembly and for Imtiaz, may he rest in peace.

"People are very upset because in Birmingham this was the worst road accident we've had for many years.

"A lot of people are asking for some review of the speed limits and what safety measures can be put in place on the road, so that this does not happen again."

Image caption The funeral at Birmingham Central Mosque is on the same road where six people died

The taxi driver's father, Ikhtiar Mohammed, said: "This is a tragedy, a tragic accident.

"I am sorry for my son who has lost his life and I am sorry for the others who have also lost human beings, like us.

"God bless them, and God bless my son."

The two passengers in the taxi, 43-year-old Lucy Davis, from Kingstanding in Birmingham, and 42-year-old Lee Jenkins, who worked at University Hospitals Birmingham, also died.

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Image caption Mother Lucy Davis, 43, was described by her family as a "beautiful Lady in Red"
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Image caption Tauqeer Hussain (L) and Mohammed Fahsha (R) were two of six crash victims

Kasar Jehangir, 25, Tauqeer Hussain, 26, and 30-year-old Mohammed Fahsha were killed when the Audi they were travelling in collided with the taxi.

A 22-year-old friend, also a passenger in the car, is in a serious condition in hospital.

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Image caption A petition has been launched calling for better safety measures on Lee Bank Middleway, following the crash

More than 21,000 people have signed a petition calling for better safety measures on the Middleway.

It will be delivered to Birmingham City Council, calling for speed cameras in the underpass close to where the crash happened and for barriers to be placed along the dual carriageway.

The council said it will look into the petition, but said before Sunday, there had only been one serious accident in the last three years on the road.

A police investigation into the crash is continuing.

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