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Two young pals killed instantly in crash horror

TWO young friends died today in a horrific road accident.

The two pals were killed when the car they were travelling in hit a tree near Ratoath, Co Meath shortly after 2am.

The victims – Brian Bradley (20) and Fergal Ronan (21), pictured above – were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies removed to Navan Hospital. A friend of Brian’s told the Herald today that everybody in the area is extremely shaken by the tragedy. “He [Brian] was such a lovely guy. It’s really sad,” she said. “It’s just so sad. He (Brian) was a really funny guy. He worked as a bartender in Ballymagarvey so he would have been wellknown,” the friend added.

Mr Ronan was believed to be from the Fairyhouse Lodge area of Ratoath while Mr Bradley was understood to be from Mullinam Lane. A local councillor said young people in the area are devastated by the double tragedy. “They all know each other from socialising in the area. They are quite shocked by it,” Fianna Fail's Nick Killian told the Herald. “There's a great sadness around the village this morning. The people I've spoken to are very upset. “It's a very tight community. The community will support both families,” he said. A Garda spokesman said gardai in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, are investigating the circumstances of the crash.

He added: “The collision occurred at 2.05am on the Ratoath to Dunshaughlin Road (R152) approximately three miles outside Dunshaughlin. “The car collided with a tree. The driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies were taken to Navan Hospital. There was no one else in the car at the time of the collision.” Elsewhere, a young Irish truck driver is fighting for his life following a motorway crash in Spain.

The 25-year-old suffered multiple injuries after his vehicle struck another lorry parked on the hard shoulder near Madrid. The driver of the second truck, a 55-year-old Spaniard, died in hospital from his injuries. The accident happened at around 9.30pm yesterday on the M50 ring road around the Spanish capital. Officers from the Civil Guard, police force, firefighters and two ambulances raced to the scene. The Irishman, who has not yet been named, was trapped inside his truck, which was transporting clothes, and had to be cut out by firefighters.

He was taken to the Gregorio Maranon hospital with severe head injuries and wounds to his arms and legs and was being treated in intensive care. Doctors said his condition was “extremely serious”.

Witnesses to the Meath crash are asked to contact Dunshaughlin Garda station on 01 8258600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. comurphy@herald.ie