Twitter went viral on Monday night to lift the spirits of Matt Hardy and Bailey Wind, the two teenagers who survived Saturday night's deadly crash on the Northway. It started as a simple request for NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin to call Hardy and Wind in their hospital rooms.
By 7 p.m. Monday, more than 50,000 Twitter users had retweeted the #TebowCallMatt and 16,700 had tweeted #MissyCallBailey, according to Hashtag.org, a website that tracks Twitter traffic.
Tebow delivered. He called Hardy around 9 p.m., and at 9:30 Tebow tweeted "Thanks to everyone who got #TebowCallMatt trending & helped connect us. Matt truly inspired me. God bless y'all."
Franklin tweeted around midnight that she called Wind and left a voicemail message.
— Cathleen F. Crowley