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A EMOTIONAL tribute was held in memory of three teenagers who died in a horror crash near Denbigh.

North Wales Truck Gathering carried out a convoy on Sunday night in respect of John Michael Jones, 18, and Leon Rice, 17, both from Ruthin and Colin Hornsby, 17, who was from Droylsden, Greater Manchester.

The young men died in a crash on Friday night which happened on Graig Road between Denbigh and Trefnant.

The truck convoy took place at 6pm from Ruthin Rugby Club. A lantern parade was also held.

John Michael Jones - known as Michael - was described as a "true friend" and supporter of North Wales Truck Gathering.

A post, on North Wales Truck Gathering's Facebook page, said: "Myself and the team would like to thank each and every one of you who turned up tonight.

"It truly was amazing and just goes to show how much these fabulous boys were thought of.

"Sleep tight boys, gone and most certainly never forgotten. If there is anything any of the families need we are all here for you."

The crash on Friday involved two vehicles - a Vauxhall Corsa and a Vauxhall Antara.

A 16-year-old boy who was a passenger in the Corsa remains in a critical condition at hospital in Aintree, Liverpool.

The 68-year-old female passenger from the Vauxhall Antara remains in hospital with serious injuries.

The 66-year-old-man who was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd remains in hospital at this time, and the 19-year-old man has since been discharged.

In a statement, the family of Michael said: "Michael was the most loving son, big brother to Joanne, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. We will all miss his big smile and big hugs. He loved his rugby, wagons, driving his car and being with his friends. He would do anything for anyone and the most caring person you could meet.

"We will miss him and are devastated and heartbroken. Life will never be the same again.”

The family of Leon Rice described their "loving, hardworking and caring son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend" as well-known and liked by many.

They said: "He was well known and liked by many people in the local area and will be greatly missed. Leon and Michael were the best of friends and to lose both in such tragic circumstances is truly devastating.”

Colin's family said their son was someone who loved life, music and his designer clothes.

In a statement, the family added: "He will be missed by all his family and friends and our lives will never be the same again without him.”

Both Michael and Leon had been pupils at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.

On Sunday, Ruthin Rugby Club's Mini and Juniors's section began with a minute applause before the game in remembrance of Michael.

Michael had played for Ruthin Junior teams and was currently playing for the youth team.

A spokesperson for the club said: He wore the Rhuthun jersey with pride and was an example to all mini and junior players. He will be sadly missed by all."

In a statement, Clwb Rygbi Rhuthun Rugby Club said: "On Friday, October 26, Clwb Rygbi Rhuthun lost a member of its family. John Michael 'Mikey' Jones was sadly taken from us, along with two of his friends, in a tragic car accident.

"Mikey was not only our much respected Youth Team Prop Forward, but also a dear friend to many. His loss will not only be felt by his closest friends and family, team mates, coaches and spectators, but also the wider rugby community.

"Kind, caring but a fierce competitor are some of words that we will remember him by.

"Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of all those affected by this tragic accident."

Sergeant Leigh Evans of the Roads Policing Unit said: “A thorough investigation into the tragedy is ongoing in order that we can fully understand what happened.

“Our thoughts remain with the three families during this incredibly difficult time. All are being supported by specially-trained Family Liaison Officers.

“We have spoken to a number of people who present during the incident but we continue to appeal to anyone who we haven’t yet spoken with to get in touch.”