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donegal tragedy Pensioner killed in Donegal road accident yards from where John Mullan and his two children died

A memorial plaque was recently erected where members of the Mullan family tragically lost their lives last year

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Geraldine Mullan with John (49) Tomas (14) and Amelia (6), who tragically lost their lives – Geraldine survived when their car crashed into the Foyle on August 20 last year.

Geraldine Mullan with John (49) Tomas (14) and Amelia (6), who tragically lost their lives – Geraldine survived when their car crashed into the Foyle on August 20 last year.

Geraldine Mullan with John (49) Tomas (14) and Amelia (6), who tragically lost their lives – Geraldine survived when their car crashed into the Foyle on August 20 last year.

An accident which killed a pensioner in Co Donegal happened just a short distance from the scene of another horrific crash which claimed the lives of tragic John Mullan and his two children.

The crash between a van and a car took place at Greenbank, Quigley’s Point on Thursday evening.

The collision happened just a couple of hundred yards from where a memorial plaque was erected recently in memory of the Mullan family who perished there on August 20th last year.

The family were returning home from a day out when their car left the road and plunged into Lough Foyle.

Geraldine Mullan managed to scramble onto the roof of the car but her beloved husband John and children Tomas, 14, and Amelia, 6, perished.

The notorious stretch of road remained closed for most of yesterday (Fri) as a Garda Forensics team examined the cause of the latest fatal crash.

The 84-year-old driver of a Chevrolet Matiz car, who is from Derry, died at the scene while two other occupants of a Fiat Dukatu van suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Garda Superintendent Goretti Sheridan of Buncrana Garda station appealed for anybody who may have dash-cam footage at the time of the crash at around 5.30pm to get in touch with them.

She said "A number of witnesses have already come forward and we thank them. It was a very busy time and there was a lot of traffic about as people were returning from work.

"We would appeal to anybody who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed anything to come forward."

Local resident and former county councillor Mickey Doherty attended the scene of the crash.

He said “I heard there was a collision and I went down to see if I could help in any way. It was a very sad scene.

“It was a very tragic scene and the two vehicles involved were in a bad way.

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“It’s obviously not the first accident on this road and my sympathies go to this man’s family.”

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