A man and two children have died in the Republic of Ireland after their car skidded off the road and into the sea.
The tragic accident took place at Quigley’s Point in County Donegal late Thursday night.
It’s believed the driver, a 49-year-old man, lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into Lough Foyle, an estuary of the River Foyle.
He and two passengers, a 14-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl, were all killed in the crash, while a 45-year-old woman has survived after she managed to escape the car.
A garda spokesperson said: “A car was travelling from Muff towards Quigley’s Point when the driver lost control and the vehicle skidded across the road and down the embankment and plunged into the water.
“The male driver (49 years) and two rear seat passengers, both children, one male (14 years) and a female (6 years) were fatally injured.
“The female (45 years) front seat passenger managed to exit the car and sought assistance.”
The bodies of the victims have all been taken to Letterkenny University Hospital so that post mortems can be carried out.
The sole survivor is understood to have non-life-threatening injuries and was also taken to Letterkenny University Hospital.
The area of the crash has been cordoned off up to the Point Inn by gardaí and the emergency services so a forensic examination can take place.
Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses who may be able to shed more light on how the tragedy occurred.
Anyone who was travelling on the road from Muff towards Quigley’s Point between 10pm and 10.30pm last night is urged to contact Buncrana Garda Station on (074) 9320540, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Alternatively, anyone who may have seen a Black Mitsubishi ASX registration number, 11 DL 1566 in the area is also asked to contact the authorities.
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