A MAN is lucky to be alive after attempting to apprehend thieves outside a house where a wake was taking place.
The robbers broke into an articulated truck while its owner was mourning his friend in Burnfoot, Co Donegal.
The lorry owner suffered two broken legs after jumping in front of the getaway car and hanging on to its door. As the car drove towards the Border at speed, the driver swerved, sending the man into the path of an oncoming car.
A crowd had gathered at the house for the wake of James McDaid in Elaghbeg around 7.30pm on Monday.
Gardai and the PSNI are searching for the gang on both sides of the border.
"I didn't see the man being dragged along by the car but I saw him afterwards," said Buncrana Mayor Peter McLaughlin, who arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.
"It was horrific and he looked like he was in so much pain. I couldn't sleep for thinking about him. I hope he is okay."
Garda Supt Eugene McGovern said they were looking for a silver car with a partial Derry licence plate of 'TUI.'
"This man is lucky to be alive and this is a very serious matter. If anyone has information, they can contact us on 074 9320540", Supt McGovern added.