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Road death teacher’s husband remains in critical condition

The husband of the woman killed in a road collision outside Milford in Co Donegal has been transferred to University Hospital Galway, where he remains in a critical condition.

John O’Donnell (50) was the passenger in the car being driven by his wife Marie who died at the scene of the crash which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The collision happened as the couple drove home after attending the 25th wedding anniversary celebrations of close friends in nearby Termon.

The close-knit community of Milford is still coming to terms with the death of Mrs O’Donnell, a much-loved teacher at Drumrad National School.

Mr and Mrs O’Donnell’s Nissan Micra car collided with a Honda Civic being driven by a young couple in their 20s. They remain in Letterkenny General Hospital where their condition has been described as “ill but stable” and “stable”.

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old son of the O’Donnells was expected home from America last night.

Jonathan O'Donnell was on a backpacking holiday in the US and it took authorities almost 15 hours to contact him and notify him about his 51-year-old mother’s tragic death.

The couple were on their way home from the silver wedding celebration of Henry and Kathleen Callaghan.

Mrs Callaghan wept as she recalled the tragedy: “We had such

a high night with our family and friends and then to hear how it ended with what happened to Marie and John is unbelievable.”

Gardai have now reopened the Milford to Kilmacrennan Road which had been closed for forensic examination following the collision, and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them. Superintendent Eugene McGovern said the accident appeared to be “head on” and there was a substantial amount of damage to the front of both cars.

He said gardai particularly wanted to hear from anyone who could throw light on the movement of the Honda Civic.

He added: “We believe it travelled down the Main Street in Milford from the Carrigart direction and turned right towards Kilmacrennan.

“We know there were people on or in the vicinity of the Main Street of Milford at the time it passed and would appeal to people to contact us at Milford station.”

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