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Survivor told about death of friends in horror crash

Stephen Maguire

Published 27/07/2010 | 05:00

THE only survivor of the horrific road tragedy in which eight people were killed has been told the heart-breaking news of his friends' deaths.

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Devastated Shaun Kelly (22) was woken from his medically induced coma in recent days at Letterkenny General Hospital, Co Donegal.

He has since been sent to an undisclosed Dublin hospital, where he is receiving specialist treatment before returning to Letterkenny General Hospital in the coming days.

A source said it was difficult to tell whether Shaun had taken in all that had happened.

"It would have been so difficult trying to keep this from him. He has a lot of injuries, including a broken collar bone, a punctured lung and other broken bones," said the source.

"He knows about the other lads now. He's devastated, but he has to try and recover.

"Medically, the doctors are confident he will make a full physical recovery. It's difficult to tell what he is thinking now or how well he was able to take the news in. It probably won't hit him until much later."

Family and friends of the eight men killed in the crash, which happened just outside Clonmany on July 11, say they do not blame Shaun and are praying for his full recovery.

Philly Ivors, uncle of accident victim James McEleney, said Shaun would always be welcome in the McEleney home.

"We wish Shaun a speedy recovery and we want everyone to know that we are thinking of him. Our door will always be open to Shaun," he said.

Witnesses

Meanwhile, gardai are still appealing for witnesses to the crash -- in which PJ McLaughlin (21), Paul Doherty (19), Ciaran Sweeney (19), Mark McLaughlin (21), Damien McLaughlin (21), Eamon McDaid (22), James McEleney (23) and Hugh Friel (66) died -- to come forward.

Superintendent Kevin English said more than 10 witnesses had already come forward to help them try to understand the cause of the crash at Glasmullen on the main Clonmany to Buncrana road.

A special Facebook page -- Remembrance for the Donegal Crash Victims -- has been inundated with almost 39,000 messages of support for those who lost their lives.

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