22-year-old man who survived collision that claimed eight lives interviewed by gardai

The 22-year-old man who survived a horror smash that claimed eight lives has been interviewed by gardai for the first time.

Gardai investigating the horrific collision in Co Donegal last July are now awaiting the results of forensic tests from the scene.

Seven of eight young men in one car died instantly in the collision on the R238 between Clonmany and Buncrana on July 11.

21-year-old Mark McLaughlin, from Fahan; 19-year-old Paul Doherty, from Ballyliffin; 19-year-old Ciaran Sweeney, of Ballyliffin; 21-year-old PJ McLaughlin, of Burnfoot; 23-year-old James McEleney, of Clonmany; 22-year-old Eamon McDaid, from Buncrana, and 21-year-old Damien McLaughlin, from Buncrana, all died at the scene.

The driver of the second car, 66-year-old Hughie Friel from Urris in Clonmany, was also killed as he returned home from bingo.

Sole survivor 22-year-old Shaun Kelly, from Buncrana, who was driving the car in which the young men perished, sustained serious injuries to his face and upper body.

It emerged yesterday that gardai had interviewed him at his family home in Ballymagan.