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TEEN KILLED IN SMASH CLOSE TO SPOT WHERE HIS PAL DIED IN CRASH; Marty, 19, dies weeks after friend in a day of tragedy on our roads.

Byline: STEPHEN MAGUIRE

A TEENAGER was killed in a road smash yesterday which happened yards from where his friend died just a few weeks ago.

Marty Strain, 19, was a passenger in a car which crashed at Burnfoot in Co Donegal in the early hours of yesterday.

The popular teen, from Brae Road, was killed instantly while a 19-year-old girl who was also a passenger in the vehicle was left in a serious condition at Letterkenny General Hospital.

The male driver, who is also 19, was taken to hospital but is understood not to be seriously injured.

There was no other vehicle involved in the crash which happened at Tooban at around 4.30am.

The incident comes just weeks after Marty's friend John Hegarty was killed nearby in a crash on July 12.

The 23-year-old, from Lisowen Avenue in Buncrana, was a passenger in a car which hit a bollard at Carnashannagh in Burnfoot.

A friend told the Irish Mirror: "They all knocked about together in a large group. John and Marty would have known each other very well. It's all just so sad.

"Marty would have been at John's funeral and to think he has been killed now is just awful.

"The whole peninsula is just numb. The area has had more than its share of road deaths. It's like an epidemic amongst young men." The scene of yesterday's crash was preserved while gardai carried out an investigation.

They are appealing for witnessess to contact them at Buncrana Garda station on 074 9320540.

A motorcyclist was also killed yesterday ja just minutes from his home after his bike hit a car in Co Cork.

The 41-year-old man, named locally as TJ Sweetman, died instantly at around 4pm on Saturday outside the Corbett Court restaurant in Ballinrush.

TJ lived on the same road and worked as a mechanic in Kavanagh's Garage in nearby Fermoy. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Cork University Hospital. Local councillor Noel McCarthy said people were shocked and saddened.

He added: "I just knew the man to see. It's a tragic, terrible thing to happen. It's a very dangerous bend.

"My sympathy is with his family. The people of Fermoy and surrounding areas are saddened."

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Fermoy Garda station on 025 82100 or the Garda Confidential Line.

Meanwhile, three men in their early 20s were killed in a horrific smash yesterday.

The A1 between Dromore and Banbridge in Co Down, was closed after the crash, which happened on the dual carriageway.

It is understood they were all travelling in the same car when it collided with a second vehicle.

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We're just numb. The area's had more than its share of road deaths FRIEND OF MARTY'S donegal yesterday

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grim task Gardai at scene in Donegal yesterday, and inset, Marty Strain

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