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Horror as teen rugby team's coach overturns after crash

By Nevin Farrell

Players on a teenage rugby team are to be offered counselling after a bus carrying the under-14 team crashed and overturned.

Eleven people were taken to hospital after the bus, travelling to Co Antrim, left the road in Donegal on Saturday.

Carrickfergus Rugby Club secretary Peter Luney said he was grateful nobody was seriously injured.

"We appreciate it could have been a lot worse," he said. "I wasn't there but I imagine it was a frightening enough experience if you are on a bus and it goes down the road on its side. I would imagine the children were quite scared."

Mr Luney said nine children and two adults were taken to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen but all were released on Saturday night, apart from coach Mark Kidd. He was taken to Londonderry's Altnagelvin Hospital for surgery on a badly broken ankle.

There were at least 22 children and five adults on the bus which crashed between Laghey and Pettigo on its way back from a match in Donegal town.

"All the children got home last night," said Mr Luney. "It was the U-14 team coming back from Donegal town where they won a cup game."

Mr Luney said club officials had acted quickly to try to contact parents on Saturday and the club president spoke to them again yesterday.

"We are planning on meeting them tomorrow night in the club to see if anybody needs counselling," he added.

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