Two teenage girls killed in Monaghan road crash

Two teenage girls killed in Monaghan road crash
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In a single-vehicle collision on a Co. Monaghan road near Clones on Monday evening, two teenage girls were killed and three others suffered serious injuries. It is assumed that all five of them were riding in the same car.

Two girls 16 and 17-year-old suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Their bodies were taken away from the site and sent to Monaghan General Hospital, where postmortem investigations will be performed on Tuesday.

At Cavan General Hospital, a girl, age 18, is receiving treatment for a severe condition. At Cavan General, a boy (18) is also receiving medical care for non-life-threatening injuries.

The car's driver, a 60-year-old man, is receiving treatment at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital and is in critical condition.

While Garda forensic collision investigators examine the scene technically, the N54 is now closed. Overnight, the road will be closed. The vehicle is still at the scene, and local detours have been put in place.

It's believed that some of the people, who attend Largy College in Clones, were on their way to a secondary school debs ball on Monday at 6.45 p.m. at Legnakelly.

According to the Garda, they arrived at the scene of the collision on the N54 (Clones to Smithborough route) at Legnakelly just before 7pm.

Anyone who was driving on the N54 between Clones and Smithborough on Monday between 6.15 pm and 7 pm and may have camera footage is urged to provide it to the Garda.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, the Monaghan Garda station at (047) 77200, or any Garda station.