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The black Volkswagon Passat, in which seven friends were killed, is removed from the scene in Donegal of the worst road accident on record.
The black Volkswagon Passat, in which seven friends were killed, is removed from the scene in Donegal of the worst road accident on record.
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Man in court over Donegal car crash

The 22-year-old man is to appear in court this morning charged in relation to the deaths of eight people in the 2010 crash.
Nov 10th 2011, 11:33 AM 3,150 17

GARDAÍ IN BUNCRANA have arrested a man in relation to the fatal road collision that occurred at Clonmany in Donegal on 11 July 2010.

The 22-year-old will appear at Buncrana District Court this morning. He has been charged in relation to the deaths of eight people.

The two-car crash was the worst road accident ever seen in Ireland. Seven of the victims were travelling in a Volkswagen Passat, while the eighth person to die was the driver of the second vehicle.

The driver of the Volkswagen Passat survived.

The seven young men who died were 21-year-old Mark McLaughlin, 19-year-olds Paul Doherty and Ciaran Sweeney, 22-year-old Eamonn McDaid, 21-year-olds Damien and Patrick McLaughlin and James McEleney, 23.

The driver of the second car was 66-year-old bachelor Hughie Friel.

The crash occurred at Meenadiff in Clonmany on a tight and bendy road. At the time it was reported that the Passat collided with a Renault before losing control and ploughing into Friel’s Toyota.

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