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Missy Franklin, Tim Tebow Call Survivors of Fatal New York Crash After Seeing Twitter Hashtag

Published:December 4, 2012

PHOENIX, Arizona, December 4. TWITTER is no longer limited to sharing 140-character-limit thoughts to followers. Yesterday, two teenagers received phone calls from their sports idols, after the pair survived a crash in upstate New York that took the lives of two of their classmates. The victim's car was hit when an allegedly intoxicated driver switched lanes aggressively, running the victim's vehicle into the median.

Matt Hardy and Bailey Wind, both of Shenendehowa High School, were hospitalized from injuries sustained in the crash Monday. Their fellow classmates took to Twitter, tweeting out the hash tags #TebowCallMatt and #MissyCallBailey, in an effort for the pair to receive calls from their respective sports idols. The hash tags quickly began trending, and were noticed by Tebow and Franklin.

Monday night, Tebow called Hardy, who was in stable condition after the crash. Franklin reportedly tried calling Wind, but got her voicemail. Wind is reportedly in serious condition and is being treated for broken bones.

Franklin Tweeted out:

Called Bailey and left her a voicemail. Would still love to talk to her. Bailey and her community are in my thoughts and prayers #staystrong

? Missy Franklin (@FranklinMissy) December 4, 2012

How quickly the hash tag trended garnered media attention, and several news outlets Tweeted their own response:

There is a effort to get #TebowCallMatt and #MissyCallBailey trending, so the 2 survivors in Saturday's Northway crash can meet their idols.

? WNYT NewsChannel 13 (@WNYT) December 4, 2012

Let's get #MissyCallBailey trending so swimmer Missy Franklin will call Shaker student injured in Northway ax.

? NEWS10 ABC (@WTEN) December 4, 2012

Other Twitter uses were touched by the Twitter movement, and commented on the impact of the act:

When a community comes together like this, it truly shows how much of a family we are. #MissyCallBailey #TebowCallMatt

? Madison Wacksman (@madisonwacksman) December 4, 2012

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