Wales

Ruthin 'grieving' after three die in crash

John Michael Jones and Leon Rice Image copyright Facebook/North Wales Truck Gathering Big Weekend
Image caption Best friends John Michael Jones and Leon Rice both died in the crash

A "community is grieving" following a crash which left three dead and three others seriously hurt in Denbighshire.

Leon Rice, 17, and 18-year-old John Michael Jones, from Ruthin, died in Friday's crash along with Colin Hornsby, 17, from Greater Manchester.

Ruthin mayor Ian Lewney said: "Everyone is supporting each other through these tragic events."

He described Sunday's vigil involving a truck convoy through the town as a "fantastic tribute to the boys".

North Wales Truck Gathering said the ceremonial convoy was "out of respect for the young lads and their families".

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Media captionFriend's tribute to victim of fatal crash in Denbighshire

Mr Lewney said it had been "an horrific couple of weeks for the town" following another fatality in which pedestrian Shane Lewis, 41, died when he was hit by a vehicle.

The family of Mr Jones, known to his friends as 'Bear', described him as the "most loving son, big brother to Joanne, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend".

Mr Jones was due to play rugby for Ruthin RFC on Sunday, but the game was postponed.

Supporters at the club's mini-rugby game against Mold held a minute's applause in tribute to the three deceased.

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Image caption Colin Hornsby, 17, from Droylsden, Greater Manchester, also died

Tributes were paid to Mr Hornsby, from Droylsden, with his family saying "our lives will never be the same again without him".

Meanwhile the family of Leon Rice said they were "devastated".

Mr Rice, Mr Jones and Mr Hornsby were in a Vauxhall Corsa when it collided with a Vauxhall Antara.

A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old male passenger in the Corsa, named locally as Liam Bell and Will Royles, were also seriously hurt in the crash.

North Wales Police said the 16-year-old remained in a "critical condition" and was being treated in Liverpool.

A 68-year-old female passenger in the Antara was seriously injured and is being treated at Glan Clwyd Hospital. The 66-year-old male Antara driver is also in Glan Clwyd for less serious injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses, people who may have seen the vehicles leading up to the crash at Graig Road near Denbigh at about 19:30 BST on Friday or those with dashcam footage to come forward.

Image caption Tributes have been left on Graig Road

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