Plea from police after people post about bus crash but don’t come forward

Police have issued a new appeal for witnesses to come forward after a tragic Halifax bus crash which saw the death of a 20-year-old man.

Travis Smith died after the crash with a double decker bus on Godley Lane in Halifax on Wednesday evening, July 7.

Heartbreaking floral tributes and rugby shirts have been left at the scene of the accident.

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The Major Collision and Enquiry team are now looking to speak to people who said that they had witnessed the crash on social media but have not contacted police.

Travis Smith, from Halifax, died after a black Audi A3 he was in collided with a double decker bus.

The Audi had been travelling away from Halifax, towards Bradford and the bus had been heading in the opposite direction.

Travis Smith, 20, played for Keighley Albion Rugby League Club
Travis Smith, 20, played for Keighley Albion Rugby League Club

Detective Sergeant Fiona Allan of MCET, said: “This has been a dreadful incident in which a young man has lost his life and specialist officers have been working with his family to support them.

“We are continuing investigate this collision which has resulted in Travis’s death and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

“In particular we would really like to speak to persons who have commented on social media about witnessing the collision but have not yet spoken with us.

“Your information could be really important so please get in touch.”

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Travis Smith played for Keighley Albion Rugby League Club, who have paid tribute to him.

Richard Dibbin, club chairman, said: “It is with immense sadness that I write to let you know that Travis Smith, a member of the Keighley Albion family, passed away this week.

“Many of you have known Travis for a long time and for those closest to Travis he was not only a team-mate but a great friend.

Tributes were left at the scene of the crash
Tributes were left at the scene of the crash

“As a sign of respect, could I ask all of our teams and spectators to observe a minute’s applause in his memory, prior to playing this weekend.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.”

Anyone who has information or dash cam footage that may assist police should get in touch with the major collision enquiry team on 101 referencing police log 1566 of July 7.

Information can also be given online to the force at

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