Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Five fight for life after road carnage

FIVE people were today fighting for their lives after a weekend of carnage on the roads which left six teenagers dead.

FIVE people were today fighting for their lives after a weekend of carnage on the roads which left six teenagers dead.

Four students from Methodist College, Belfast, died when their car was in a head-on collision on the Fintown to Glenties road in Donegal on Friday evening.

And two teenagers from Monaghan died following a collision between a car and a bus in Tyrone on Saturday.

The first of the students, Chris Hannah (17), from Downpatrick, was due to be buried today.

Before the funeral, his headmaster, Wilfred Mulryne, said pupils and staff at the school were 'numb' at the scale of the tragedy.

'It's a very difficult time. There's a great sense of shock among those connected with these young men and with the school generally,' said Mr Mulryne.

'They were excellent young men. They were very much involved in the life of the college in sport and in other ways.

'We all are greatly shocked by what has happened, but what we would all want to remember, above all, is that whatever sense of loss we may feel it can only be a fraction of the sense of loss of the four individual families.'The funerals of his schoolmates Nick Kirkwood of Ballygowan Road, Belfast, Chris Sloan of Cultra Avenue, Holywood, and David Armstrong of Cabin Hill Gardens will take place later this week.

The four promising young sportsmen were travelling to a holiday home in Portnoo when their Vauxhall Nova careered into a ditch, after colliding with a Volkswagon Passat.

Three of the young men died at the scene and the fourth was pronounced dead on arrival at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Two women and a nine-year-old child who were travelling in the Passat car remain in a critical condition at Letterkenny.

Four other children travelling in the vehicle are also being treated in Letterkenny, where their injuries are not believed to be life- threatening.

Meanwhile, the two Co Monaghan teenagers who died in an accident at the Ballygawley roundabout on Saturday have been named as Darren Allister (17) from Tonniscoffey, Dunraymond, and Mark McElvaney (15) from Cornacreeve, also in Dunraymond.

They died when their white Peugeot 205 car collided with a bus travelling towards Omagh at around 6pm on Saturday.

Two other teenagers, who were also in the car, are in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

In the aftermath of the weekend's accidents, the Irish government has launched a new bid to cut the number of road deaths.

The initiative centres on a campaign to get road-users to display stickers pledging greater care under the terms of a charter.

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