Tragedy as four young men in their early 20s die in 'devastating' crash in Donegal

Tragedy as four young men in their early 20s die in 'devastating' crash in Donegal

TRIBUTES are pouring in for four young men who tragically lost their lives in a car crash in Co. Donegal last night.

The fatal single-vehicle collision occurred near Magheraroarty, Gortahork at around 9pm on Sunday.

Emergency services attended and the four men, aged from 22 to 24, were pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

They had been travelling on a rural road in a Toyota Corolla car when the collision occurred close to a local bridge.

The men have been named as Mícheál Roarty (24) from Dunlewey, John Harley (24) from Falcarragh, Sean Harkin (22) from Falcarragh and Daniel Scott (early 20s) from Gortahork.

Pearse Doherty, the TD for Donegal, tweeted his condolences, saying: "Devastating news from Gaoth Dobhair tonight.

"A cloud of sadness over the area. Thoughts and prayers are with those involved and their families."

The scene of the crash has been preserved for a technical examination by Garda forensic collision investigators and local diversions are in place.

Sinn Féin councillor Paul Donnelly also took to Twitter, writing: "The news breaking from Donegal is just beyond heartbreaking.

"The loss of another four young people in a car accident is just so sad. Heart goes out to the families and friends."

Donegal had the second highest number of road deaths in Ireland last year, with 10 people losing their lives.

Only Tipperary saw more road tragedies, with 11 deaths in crashes throughout the Munster county.

Gardaí investigating the incident are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Milford Garda Station on 074 915 3060, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.