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Man arrested after two young cousins die in horror single vehicle crash outside Derry

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
A PSNI spokesperson said that the crash happened some time between 3am and 3:30am on Victoria Road
A PSNI spokesperson said that the crash happened some time between 3am and 3:30am on Victoria Road

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a crash in which two young cousins died on the outskirts of Derry.

The 18-year-old is being held on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing grievous bodily injury 

The two young men killed in the collision were cousins from County Tyrone, it has emerged.

It is believed the young men - aged just 21 and 19 - were back seat passengers in a dark-coloured Volkswagen Golf that was involved in a collision in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 18-year-old male driver and a female passenger are currently being treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries, PSNI said. 

A PSNI spokesperson said that the crash happened some time between 3am and 3:30am on Victoria Road between Newbuildings and Magheramason, less than 3 miles from Derry City.

Speaking at a press conference at Strand Road PSNI Station, Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: "Our first thoughts are with the families of those involved.

"This is a very difficult time for them, especially those related to those who have lost their lives but also the wider community who have lost two young men.

"The family have asked us to respect their privacy but we can say that the two young men who died were in fact cousins. This is very much a personal story. There’s nothing more tragic in life than to have lost a young life, a child."

Investigating officer Jonny Hunter has appealed for anyone travelling on the Victoria Road late last night who saw a Volkswagen Golf travelling in the direction of Derry to contact police at Strand Road Station.

"At this stage we want to find out what took place in the accident. It is currently being investigated and the scene is being examined," he said.

The Victoria Road remains closed and diversions are in place.