Thursday 19 October 2017

'It's difficult to cope with' - Community in mourning after two teens die in car crash

Two teenagers have died, three others injured

Two young men tragically lost their lives in the accident at Quigley's Point in Donegal Photo: Trevor McBride
Two young men tragically lost their lives in the accident at Quigley's Point in Donegal Photo: Trevor McBride
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Laura Larkin and Amy Molloy

A community has been left "in shock and devastation" after two teenagers died in a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The two young men were fatally injured when the car they were travelling in crashed in Co Donegal.

Three other teenagers who were in the car were also injured and are described as being in a stable condition.

All the young men are from the Buncrana area.

Councillor Rena Donaghy (FF), who knew the two men that died, said it is "another terrible blow" for the community.

"The community is devastated. It's such a tragic story and it's so sad that two young lives had to end like this," she told Independent.ie.

The scene of the crash (Picture: Trevor Byrne)
The scene of the crash (Picture: Trevor Byrne)

"They were two young lads who had everything to live for. We want to offer our condolences to the families involved and just hope that they will find the strength they need during this difficult time.

"I know one of the boys' father very well and I spoke to him earlier today, he is absolutely heartbroken," she said.

The crash happened between Quigley’s Point and Whitecastle at approximately 3.35am this morning.

One of the young men was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The other occupants were taken to Altnagelvin and Letterkenny Hospital.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Mickey Doherty, who is involved in the local community centre, also expressed his condolences on behalf of the community.

"It's an absolutely terrible tragedy and so sad to think there are two families left devastated at the loss of their two sons," he told Independent.ie.

The deceased and the other three teenagers injured in the accident are from the Buncrana area.

Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland, parish priest Fr Francis Bradley said it is a "terrible loss".

"It’s another terrible blow to our community, our Parish, and a terrible loss for the families involved.

"Why our little community should make the headlines so often, in terms of tragedy, is difficult to cope with," Fr Bradley added.

Gardaí in Buncrana are investigating and the road is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.

"Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses and in particular anyone who may have travelled this road between 3am and 3.40am this morning to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074- 9320540, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station," a garda spokesman said.

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