TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘top lad’ who was killed in a car crash.

The victim, who has been named locally as 18-year-old Callum Brown, died when the car he was a passenger in smashed into a bus shelter and a tree in Burnley Road, in Todmorden, yesterday morning.

Callum, a student at Calderdale College, was described on social networking sites by friends as ‘the brightest star in the sky’, who would be sadly missed by all.

The crash happened around 3.55am when the grey Peugeot he travelling from Todmorden towards Burnley lost control.

The 17-year-old driver, who has not been named, was taken to the Royal Huddersfield Hospital with chest injuries. His condition was described as ‘stable’ yesterday.

Burnley Road was shut for around five hours while investigation work was carried out.

Callum’s friends took to Facebook and Twitter to post tributes to him.

Nathan Hughes said: “Never know when people are coming or going. We weren't the best of pals when we finished high school, but we were really close throughout school and I truly am gutted.

“You were a top lad and will never be forgotten man. R.I.P Callum Brown.”

Olivia Rose wrote: “Devastating news, sending all my love to friends and families involved.

“You’ll be missed greatly by everyone that had the pleasure to know you, brightest star in the sky tonight.

“Peace out Callum Brown, see you on the other side mate xxxx.”

And Eleanor Sanderson posted: “Going to miss you Callum. You were always there for me.

“Only other day we were on the bus having a laugh and talking about going out.

You was such a close mate, I can’t believe it. You was an amazing funny boy. Love you always Callum Brown xxxx.”

Chris Jones, principal at Calderdale College, also paid trubute.

He said: “Staff and students are shocked and saddened by the news of Callum tragically passing and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Sgt Ady Newman said: "I would appeal for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.”

Anybody with information should call West Yorkshire Police on 101.