TWO teenagers were killed instantly in a horrific two-car collision in Co Donegal last night.
The victims have been named locally as PJ Crerand (19), Kilmacrennan Road, Milford and Seamus 'Seamie' McBride (19), Gortnabrade, Carrigart.
The crash happened just before 8pm on the recently constructed Harry Blaney Bridge across Mulroy Bay in the Fanad peninsula.
Such was the force of the impact that the engine became separated from one of the cars, which ended up careering through a railing and falling down an embankment next to the water.
The second vehicle is understood to have somersaulted in the air after the impact.
Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
A third man, the driver of one of the vehicles, was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was treated for injuries, not thought to be life threatening.
One eyewitness who attended the scene, described it as a scene of "total carnage".
"The engine of one of the cars was lying on the road and the car ended up away down beside the water. It was a miracle anyone got out alive. It was total carnage," he said.
The bodies of the two victims were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where post-mortem examinations are expected to take place today.
As news of the tragedy spread today, two communities struggled to come to terms with the loss of two popular young men.
PJ Crerand is survived by his mother Bonetta, and his brothers Gary and Sean. His father John died several years ago.
Seamie McBride is survived by his parents and three brothers. His death is just the latest tragedy to befall the family.
Just months ago, his mother suffered paralysis after a fall from a first-floor balcony and remains in hospital.
Gardai are investigating reports that at least three cars were in the vicinity of the scene where the collision occurred.
A senior garda source described it as "a horrific crash" that had claimed two young lives.
Locally based Fianna Fail TD Niall Blaney said the community was shocked by the double tragedy.
"Everyone is just numb. PJ only buried his grandmother a few weeks ago. It is a terrible tragedy for both families. We can't begin to imagine what they are going through right now," he said.