Wednesday 26 July 2017

'Funny and kind' pals were 'celebrating a new job abroad' before they were killed in horror crash

  • Three people also injured in accident
  • Community 'in shock'
  • No other vehicles involved in the crash
  • Accident happened at well-known black spot
Tragedy: Nathan Fullerton and Nathan Farrell
Tragedy: Nathan Fullerton and Nathan Farrell
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Two teenagers who were tragically killed in a car crash on Saturday morning have been described as the "funniest, kindest two boys you would ever meet".

"Best friends" Nathan Fullerton (17) and Nathan Farrell (18) died when the car they were travelling in struck a wall.

The accident happened between Quigley's Point and Whitecastle in Co Donegal at around 3.35am on Saturday morning.

Three other teenagers were also injured in the singe-vehicle crash but are described as being in a stable condition.

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

Friends have taken to social media to pay tribute to the pair, who were both from Buncrana.

"Shocking news to wake up to, two of the funniest lads there was," one friend wrote.

"Two good men taken from us too soon," another said.

"Two of the nicest wee boys you would ever meet...hope the other boys make a speedy recovery," another posted.

The accident happened at a well-known black spot where five men died in a car crash back in 2005.

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.

"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.

Ms Donaghy said the boys had been "travelling home from a teenage disco" when the accident happened.

The Sunday World reports that one of the boys, Nathan Fullerton, had secured a job on a building site in Scotland and the friends were out for a farewell celebration.

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.

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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