An elderly couple were found holding hands when emergency services arrived at the wreckage of their Ford Mondeo, it has been revealed recently.
John Hodgkiss, 82, and his wife Betty, 79, held on to each other as they lay dying in the front seats of their car following a collision with an Audi A4 near Wootton in Shropshire on June 7.
Mr Hodgkiss, a retired bus driver, was pronounced dead at the scene while his wife Betty was airlifted to hospital but died of her injuries the following day.
Their son David revealed how the couple, from Tipton, West Midlands, reached out to hold each other for the final time.
The 47-year-old said: "The most comforting thing is that they have gone together.
"We were told that they were found holding hands in the car so they must have had time to say goodbye to each other."
The couple had been married for 52 years after meeting on a coach. They leave a son and four granddaughters.
Former colleagues paid tribute to the former bus driver, known as 'Big Jack', describing him as a "brilliant bloke".
Son David added: "We want to thank all their friends and neighbours and our family for being so supportive and also the emergency services too for what they did," he said.
"I'm still devastated."