FAMILY and friends of the five pals involved in a horror crash are questioning why it took police 48 hours to find their car.
Mum Anna Cerowicz says her daughter Sophie Russon, 20, was calling for help for 46 hours while lying next to the bodies of her three friends before being discovered.
Sophie Russon survived a horror crash that killed two of her friends[/caption]
The scene where the pals’ VW Tiguan disappeared and the wreckage was found[/caption]
Darcy Ross and Eve Smith, both 21, and Rafel Jeanne, 24, died in the smash in the early hours of Saturday.
But Sophie and Shane Loughlin remain in a critical condition in hospital.
Ms Cerowicz yesterday revealed she drove past where her daughter lay unconscious three times while desperately trying to find her.
And now she is slamming the police for not rescuing her daughter sooner.
She told MailOnline: “It’s too awful to imagine what she went through trapped in the car in the dark until it got light and then dark again over two days.
“Sophie was lying there for all that time, they could all have been found much quicker if the police had started searching straight away.”
Anna said she called Gwent Police 20 times over Saturday and Sunday, only to be told she was probably still partying.
Police finally escalated the inquiry, including launching a helicopter search.
At midnight Anna had a call from her older daughter Georgia, 23, saying the car had been found by a member of the public searching for the pals.
Friends of the three girls also slammed the search carried out by cops – with many wondering if more of the friends could have survived if found earlier.
Tamzin Samuels, 20, said: “I do think the police could have done a lot more in putting the helicopters out earlier.
“They only posted the appeal an hour before the girls were found. We found them before the police found them – we rang the police.
“The search party found the girls before the police found the girls.
“I think that speaks volumes really, they had all that equipment, and we had cars when we were looking.
“They were really popular girls, the life of the party, and it was really out of character for them to do what they did, which is why we knew something was wrong.”
Last night Assistant Chief Constable Jason Davies, of South Wales Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected by this tragic incident.
“To ensure independent oversight, South Wales Police has referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as is usual in these circumstances.”
Rafel Jeanne, 24, died in the crash[/caption]