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Gardai talk to survivor of Donegal horror car crash

by Anita Guidera and Linda McGrory

The 22-year-old man who survived a horror smash that claimed eight lives has been interviewed by gardai for the first time.

Gardai investigating the horrific collision in Co Donegal last July are now awaiting the results of forensic tests from the scene.

Seven of eight young men in one car died instantly in the collision on the R238 between Clonmany and Buncrana on July 11.

Mark McLaughlin (21), from Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), from Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Clonmany; Eamon McDaid (22), from Buncrana, and Damien McLaughlin (21), from Buncrana, all died at the scene.

The driver of the second car, Hughie Friel (66) from Ballyliffin, was also killed as he returned home from bingo.

Sole survivor Shaun Kelly (22), from Buncrana, who was driving the car in which the young men perished, sustained serious injuries to his face and upper body.

It emerged yesterday that gardai had interviewed him at his family home in Ballymagan.

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