Crash survivor left with dead pals in wreck for 48 hours gives touching tribute

The survivor of a horrific crash, which saw her trapped in a car for two days beside her dead friends, has paid tribute to her late pals.

Sophie Russon, 20, was pulled from the wreckage alive in Cardiff on March 6, along with 32-year-old Shane Loughlin.

Tragically Eve Smith, 21, Rafel Jeanne, 24, and Darcy Ross, 21, were all killed in the crash two days earlier, on March 4.

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Sophie has now paid tribute to her “besties forever" by posting a picture to her social media, as reported by The Sun.

The image of Sophie and her late friends was posted on Facebook along with the caption “love you both so much”.

The 20-year-old remains in the hospital recovering after undergoing life-saving surgery at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff for a broken skull and brain bleed.

Sophie's mum, Anna Certowicz, said her daughter is now "awake, eating and talking" and added that "miracles do happen."

The 42-year-old previously said: "She will be home before we know it."

The group were reported missing by concerned family members after they failed to return home from a night out in Newport, Wales.

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An extensive search effort was launched and on March 6 the car was discovered on the A48 near Cardiff.

Three of the five passengers had tragically died after the Volkswagen Tiguan had gone off the road and into trees.

The wreckage was found by Matthew Pace, 45, and his son Lewis – a close friend of Rafel.

Sophie is understood to have been semi-conscious for the two days she was trapped in the wreck.

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At the time, her mum said: "There’s no words to describe it. I can’t imagine how long it’s going to take for her to get over this. She’s going to need a lot of support."

Hundreds of people attended a vigil at the crash site – and around 400 turned up to Rafel's funeral on April 4.

Mourners lined the street while quad bikes were adorned with blue ribbons in tribute.

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