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Heartache for families of teen pals killed in Donegal crash

By Chai Brady

The families of two teenagers who died in a traffic accident over the weekend are said to be "absolutely distraught".

The two young men from Buncrana in Donegal were killed while travelling home from a nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Teenagers Nathan Fullerton (17), and Nathan Farrell (18), were in a car with three of their friends.

Their vehicle collided with a wall between Quigley's Point and Whitecastle on the R238 road at around 3.35am on Saturday.

The remains of Mr Fullerton and Mr Farrell were brought home yesterday evening, and they will both be buried at St Mary's, Cockhill in Buncrana later this week.

The young men were returning from a night out at the Bailey nightclub in Redcastle when the incident occurred.

The road, on the Lough Foyle side of the Inishowen Peninsula, was re-opened yesterday after an examination was conducted by Garda Forensic Collision investigators.

One of the young men was pronounced dead at the scene while the second was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry, where he was pronounced dead.

It is believed that Mr Fullerton was due to leave Ireland today for a job in Scotland.

The other three passengers are said to be in a stable condition in Altnagelvin and Letterkenny hospitals.

"I've been talking to some of the family members and they're absolutely distraught, they're in shock, disbelief," said councillor Rena Donaghey.

"They went out to go to a disco, but they never came home.

"They were all very young, they were all under 20, they had everything to live for.

"They were just beginning out in life really, one of them was starting a job in Scotland on Monday.

"My thoughts are with the ones who are in hospital as well.

We just hope that they have a speedy recovery and get back to full health again," Ms Donaghey added.

Buncrana priest Father Francis Bradley said there was a "stunned silence" in the community, adding that people were shocked at the sudden loss.

"Unfortunately, this isn't a set of circumstances that we're unfamiliar with - we are all too familiar with it.

"But nevertheless, it is different people and different families, and for that reason it is a fresh tide of grief," Fr Bradley added.

"People mourn the loss of two young lives, they are saddened by the pain that this brings to the families and all their generations, from grandparents to parents to siblings to circles of friends."

The collision occurred in the same location where in 2005 five young men also from Buncrana died when their Peugeot 306 was in collision with a Mazda people carrier.

The driver of the people carrier was very seriously hurt.

Derry man Brendan Henderson was later jailed for four years for causing the deaths by dangerous driving.

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