Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Final funeral after horror crash

Crash victim James McEleney, 23, is being laid to rest

The final funeral is being held after eight people died in Ireland's worst road traffic accident.

James McEleney, 23, died instantly when the car he was a passenger in crashed into another vehicle in Co Donegal.

He was only yards from his home near Clonmany at the time.

Eight people were crammed into the vehicle after the childhood friends watched the World Cup final together on Sunday night.

They hit another car then collided with a pensioner's oncoming vehicle, shearing a telegraph pole in two and landing in a ditch.

Hugh Friel, 66, was returning from a successful night's bingo in Buncrana when he was killed in the accident.

The driver of the other car, Sean Kelly, survived and is fighting for his life in hospital.

Hundreds of mourners have already attended two days of funerals for the other seven victims.

Patrick "PJ" McLaughlin, 21, Mark McLaughlin, 21, and Mr Friel were buried on Wednesday after funerals.

Paul Doherty, 19, from Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney, 19, from Ballyliffin; Eamonn McDaid, from Ballymagan, Buncrana, and Damien McLaughlin, 21, from Umricam, Buncrana, were buried on Thursday.

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